Jack Gunter, born 1947, is a prominent Pacific Northwest writer, artist, and antique dealer specializing in twentieth century decorative arts.
With a degree in biology from Bowdoin College and graduate training in organic chemistry from the University of New Hampshire, he was teaching junior high school science in Massachusetts in 1974 when he wrote and illustrated his first book, "The Gunter Papers", Avon Books, N.Y., which he describes as a futuristic junior high school science curriculum and guide to the fourth dimension. The counter culture science textbook received a glowing review from Stewart Brand, creator of "The Whole Earth Catalog."
Searching for a more creative teaching environment, Jack ran the vocational education program in a little alternative school in central Massachusetts, where he started a student-run gas station and discovered that many of the students wanted to learn to paint. Not a painter, he taught art by the seat of his pants and discovered that he had a talent for painting.
A self taught artist using the ancient technique of egg tempera painting, he exhibited his large format works in several New England museums and was included in an Andrew Wyeth and Family show in the Sharon, N.H. Art Center in 1979. That year a studio fire claimed all of his existing paintings and landed him in Washington State with a pick up truck, his dog, and the clothes on his back.
He settled on an island in Puget Sound when he discovered that he was the only person in a thousand mile radius who wanted mission oak objects and the Northwest was chock full of Mr. Stickley's furniture.
Since moving to Camano Island he has created over one thousand additional paintings, three movies as a SAG indie filmmaker, and five books -- an illustrated guide to Northwest history narrated by a flying pig: "A Pictorial History of the Pacific Northwest Including the Future", four novels in the Wally Winchester adventure series: "Original Finish", "The Egg Rocker", "Mother of God", and "Soft Focus", along with the science textbook published by Avon Books, NY, NY in 1974..
He lives in a cliff-side cabin with views of the Olympic Mountains, eagles, and spouting whales out his front window while he works on his first Wally Winchester zombie adventure tentatively titled: Tintoretto's Daughter.
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the picking trip of wally winchester’s dreams is a three
thousand mile dash across the united states to deliver a
shelby cobra to boston. with a mexican beauty in the
passenger seat, a walletful of credit cards, a clue to the
lost portfolio of julia margaret cameron photographs
behind the seat, and a small fortune waiting at the finish
line, what could possibly go wrong?
Mother of God
snooping for original stickley furniture on the grounds of
mental health facility, wally Winchester discovers a clue
about an icon thought to be lost, the protectress of russia,
the mother of god of kazan. a trans siberian train from
monglolia to moscow becomes a battlefield for religious
zealots, true believers, and a guy who wants to sell the
masterpiece at a new york auction
The Egg Rocker
the hundred-old chair of any greedy antique collector’s
dreams hides a secret buried in the south american jungles
far away from its european provenance,and only the
remarkable adventurer, wally winchester, would be the
kind of antiques collector to buy it on the internet and
head south to pick it up, little knowing that the chair
would lead him into a dangerous manhunt.
a cursed chippendale desk propels wally winchester,
a severely obsessed arts and crafts furniture picker, into
the first great adventure of his life. thrown into the midst
of a murder-littered conspiracy and an international
forgery scheme, the intrepid wally finds himself torn
between saving the antique score of a lifetime and saving
his own life.
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