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Thomas Hunt was born in Ontario, Canada on February 11, 1882, the son of artist John Powell Hunt.  The younger Hunt studied art under his father, with Hugh Breckenridge and in various American and European art centers.  Much of his early life was spent in Cleveland, Ohio where he was in the construction business, and when not building homes, painted in his leisure.  In 1924 he moved to Southern California and continued the same activities in Hollywood and San Bernardino.  Three years after his arrival he built a studio in Laguna Beach where he taught classes, exhibited locally and was instrumental in establishing the Laguna Beach Art Museum in 1929.  Using a highly colorful palette, he painted decorative canvases of landscapes, harbor scenes and coastals.  Hunt was a member of the Laguna Beach Art Association, the Painters and Sculptors Club, the California Art Club and the San Diego Art Guild.  Hunt died at Santa Ana Valley Hospital on April 17, 1938 following an ulcer operation and is buried in Mountain View Cemetery in San Bernardino.