painted portraits of himself or his family in his personal studio
or outdoors in his own garden. He preferred natural light and
the way it played across their faces. However, for commissioned
Portraits he usually posed the client in their own home environment
in order to allow them to have a more relaxed attitude.
Self Portrait of Artist
Mentor Huebner (c) 1963
Oil on Canvas 30 x 24
Jessica ~ Gregory
Mentor Huebner ( c ) 1962
Oil on European Painter's Board 22 x 26
Mentor Huebner (c) 1946
Oil on Canvas 24 x 12
Mentor Huebner (C) 1960
Oil on Masonite 20 X 32
Mentor Huebner (c)
Oil On Canvas 30 x 24
OF NED JACOBY
Mentor Huebner (c)1950
Oil On Painting Board 30 x 24
Mentor Huebner (c) 1949
Oil on Canvas 24 x 17
Elsie Esther Smythe and R. Maxwell "Mick" Smythe
Courtesy of Edward Maxwell Thompson - Grandson
When Mentor was still a Kid but not living at home,
he lucked into living down the street from a marvelous older couple.
Elsie and Mick Smythe
The older couple recognized the struggling Mentor's genius.
They complimented him on his art work.
Telling him all the wonders that would come at some future date.
Besides offering Mentor encouragement ~
during particularly troubled periods in his early life
they also gave him food and loans.
They treated him as if he were a relative.
Mentor had nothing.
He was poor.
So to repay them he gave his energy and talent.
At about the age of 22, he painted their portraits.
The two portraits are now the prized possessions of their grandson.
Edward Maxwell was kind enough to share the images with us.
Though only 22 at the time,
Mentor, you will have to admit, accomplished pretty skillful portraits
of his benefactors.
Although Mentor's experience with them pre-dated me,
I was privileged to have met them both.
As a young bride I happily came to know them
and to see them just as Mentor did,
they became Family.
Now of course everyone is deceased.
But Elsie and Mick live on in my heart
and in Mentor's Portraits of them ~ Forever.
Elsie Esther Smythe ~ Benefactress
Oil on Masonite 22.5" X 28.5"
Mentor Huebner (C) 1940
R. Maxwell "Mick" Smythe ~ Benefactor
Oil on Canvas 20" X 24"
Mentor Huebner (C) 1940
Collectors of Mentor's art work are invited without obligation,
to request further information through email Contact: ArtSaleInformation@MentorHuebnerArt.com
transparencies of the paintings and drawings created by Motion
Picture industry Icon, Mentor Huebner, were shot by two talented
brothers, Academy Award wining Visual Effects Artist's, Robert
and Dennis Skotak. ~ Robert Skotak is an Effects Supervisor, Film
Historian, Writer, Author, Editor and Publisher. Dennis Skotak
is a Cinematographer, Lighting and Color Expert. The Skotaks working
as a team are the exclusive archivists and official photographers
for the collection of Mentor Huebner's artwork.
Huebner. (c) 2003
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