Eunice Hundley began painting professionally as a pastel portrait artist in 1959. Today her career includes portraits, murals, cover art and illustration for children’s books, and representation in art galleries throughout the West. It was in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, as a seventeen-year-old summer art student at the Instituto Allende that she realized her interest in figure drawing. She continued figure study at San Antonio College and commercial and graphic art at Warren Hunter School of Commercial Art.
Evening classes in the studio of portrait painter, Herman de Jori, directed Eunice’s attention to what would become her life’s vocation: the portrait. In 1964, Eunice was invited to participate in the first Alamo Kiwanis National Western Art Show. She remained a major contributor to Kiwanis charities through the sale of her art for thirty-four years.
Eunice’s cultural portrait subjects range from the Mexican people of San Miguel de Allende and the Folklorico dancers of San Antonio to the Shoshone and Navajo Indians of America’s Southwest and the Mayan Indians from the villages of Guatemala. Her portrait subjects in oil or pastel are of children, women, and men (to include portraits of William Sessions, Ross Perot, Robert Sawtelle, and Robert Jorrie).
Portrait interpretation is realistic as well as fanciful, as in her portrayal of Emily Morgan, the Yellow Rose of Texas, the legendary concubine of General Santa Anna. An historical, commemorative portrait of Pope John Paul III was commissioned by the San Fernando Cathedral Papal Visitation Committee in 1987 to honor his visit to San Antonio. In 1991, Eunice painted a portrait mural for the Zaragoza Theatre of Six Flags Fiesta Theme Park, San Antonio, featuring General Ignacio Zaragoza mounted on his rearing black horse in eleven-foot format that is displayed above the entry foyer.
Book illustrations include, Naya-Nuki, Girl Who Ran‚ and Soun Tetoken, Nez Perce Boy‚ by educator and historian Ken Thomasma. Through the notice of New York educational publisher, Bill Martin, Eunice painted a series of illustrations for DLM Publishers and Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, followed by cover illustrations for Athenium Children’s Book Publisher for the young adult novels, So Sings the Blue Deer‚ and My Name Is Amelia.
Hundley periodically returns to San Miguel Allende to paint and to teach at the Art Instituto Allende, where she studied as a teenager. Currently she is preparing a series of pastel paintings of Sacagawea, the young guide and interpreter for Lewis and Clark in recognition of the 200th year celebration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. She continues to travel between San Antonio, Jackson Hole, and Mexico, always with paints in hand.