James Robert Huntsberger
James Robert Huntsberger, born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is a descendant of one of three Swiss brothers who settled in that area before the Revolutionary War. He earned his bachelor of science degree at Bethany College and his Ph.D. at West Virginia University, where he trained as a chemist for his career as a research fellow with DuPont. During his years at DuPont his research focused on adhesion, rheology, surface chemistry, and the mechanical and optical properties of paint. He has lectured in the United States and abroad. His research writings have been published as journal articles and book chapters. He retired from DuPont in 1982.
JR has lived in Delaware since 1958. His career as professional artist began in 1988 when he started selling his original oil paintings, which are now in private and corporate collections internationally.
All of his originals are oil paintings, and his subject matter includes portraits, seascapes, beach scenes, landscapes, still life, and historical structures. He has experimented with unusual subject matter and abstracted images but remains essentially a realist.
His oil paintings hang in Brandywine Valley galleries and are shown in more than twenty juried and charity art shows in the area each year. He has been the featured artist in several important regional charity art shows.
Selected to membership in The Philadelphia Sketch Club in 1991 and the Oil Painters of America in 1999, JR is a member of the Portrait Society of America, the Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Center for Creative Arts, the Chester County (Pennsylvania) Art Association, the Delaware Art Museum, the Brandywine Conservancy, the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, the Woodmere Art Museum, and the Rehoboth Art League.