Fans of well-crafted paintings are in for a special morning at Haynes Galleries Saturday, Aug. 6. Portrait and landscape artist TJ Cunningham will lead a live painting demonstration from 10 a.m. to noon under the apple tree at the gallery, 91 Main St./Route 1.

Cunningham will discuss his process as he works so guests will understand how he creates his impressions of his subject. The demo is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

As he paints, Cunningham will discuss what first drove him to be an artist and his training based on the works of the masters of the 19th and 20th centuries. He also will talk about his painting process, including working outdoors in the environment and how he translates what he sees on location to larger canvases in his studio.

The realist painter did not take up painting in oil until college, even though he displayed artistic interests as a child. His passion for landscapes is only surpassed by his love of the portraiture, and Cunningham has a gift for combining the two into cohesive compositions. For his work, he has received several prestigious honors including an Exceptional Merit Award from the Portrait Society of America; and been shown in galleries and museums through the United States.

Haynes Galleries hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, email; call 354-0605; or visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401 or