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When Chad and his wife were just married, they visited a used office furniture store. They purchased a gigantic 1960s drafting desk so he could draw at home. Now, Chad makes his children’s book illustrations from his Northern California home-studio on that colossal retro desk. Along the way, he also discovered that he loves painting outdoors, on site!

He loves being a husband and father of four. He has a deep liking for engaging stories, racquetball, lovely type, a good plein air set up and 72% to 84% dark chocolate. He was honored with the Mentorship Award at SCBWI LA 2018. Chad has a BFA in Illustration from BYU (Brigham Young University) and an MFA in Visual Arts from MU (Marywood University).

Chad currently teaches Illustration, Graphic Design, Drawing and other similar classes at California State University Stanislaus.


CLIENTS (partial)

Washington Post

Delicato Winery

Sactown Magazine

Brubeck Institute

Salt Lake City Art Director's Club

Montag Press


Graphic Artist Guild (National)


AWARDS (partial)

2018 - SCBWI Mentee Award, LA International Conference.

2018 - Children's Book Illustration solo show, Stan State.

2018- 1st Place Portfolio, SCBWI Nor Cal Conference.

2017 - 2nd Place California State Fair Plein Air, Sacramento, CA.

2016 - 1st Place, Capitola Plein Air competition
2016 - Featured in Outdoorpainter.com, Anatomy of an Award Winner, by Bob Bahr.
2016  - 1st Place Portfolio, SCBWI Nor Cal Conference.
2016 - 1st Place, SCBWI Nor Cal Conference, Conference Logo.

2015 - Chad Hunter: 20 Year Retrospect show, CSU Stanislaus.