Delaware Today magazine Home Special: Artist J.R. Huntsberger, retired from the DuPont Co., decorates Colonial-style home in Centreville with works of art
A Harmonious Balance: A longtime artist nurtures a Colonial-style house in Centreville into a work of art.
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A house is a blank canvas of sorts, waiting for the homeowners to fill in shapes, textures and colors.
When James “J.R.” Huntsberger built a two-story, red-brick Colonial-style house in Centreville in 1964, he focused on such traditional elements as a large center hall, flanked by a formal dining room on the left and a living room with a fireplace on the right.
There is a spacious family room with a big brick fireplace and stately, wood-paneled walls adjoining a cheerful, light-filled kitchen.
“It was designed to suit a young family,” he recalls. “The layout and design were great—but it still needed decorating.”
A researcher for the DuPont Co., Huntsberger tapped his artistic side to paint colorful canvases to display throughout the house. Painting evolved into a passionate pastime and, ultimately, into a productive second career.
Art continues to define the home where Huntsberger still lives 47 years later with his second wife, Janet.
His children are grown, put the portraits he painted of them as youngsters adorn the walls in the family room. Friends and relatives, who typically come in through a mudroom that forms a casual second entry, are greeted by several of Huntsberger’s landscapes.
“We have so many paintings of J.R.’s, plus the work of other artists we admire, that we use every bit of wall space, even the laundry room and the powder room,” Janet says.
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