Guy was born June 7th, 1972 in Arkansas City, Kansas. He was adopted by his new parents Bud and Phyllis Junker and lived in Kansas until the age of eight. Guy’s family moved to California in 1979 and most of his formative years took place in Santa Maria, California. As a child, Guy always drew the cartoons that he saw in the newspaper and would pass them out to friends at school. Later in High School, Guy would draw every day in Calculus class which surprisingly was tolerated by his teacher Greg Sarkisian. His teacher saw that art was important to Guy and fighting this inherent instinct was perhaps not the best road to take. During his Junior year at St. Joseph High School, Guy had drawn a political cartoon depicting headmaster Sister Shelia taking away some of the students’ year book privileges. Several hundred copies were distributed throughout the school lockers and Sister Shelia asked the school’s art teacher who she thought might have drawn the inflammatory cartoon. Ms. Crabtree, the art teacher said, ” Oh, that’s Guy’s work”.
Guy was quickly rounded up and brought into Sister Shelia’s office and was prepared for the worst. Over her wire brim glasses, Sister Shelia glared down at Guy and said, “I have given considerable thought to the appropriate punishment for your recent disruptive behavior and have decided not to punish you. Although I did not like the reference to my Trash Duty and Executions book or the Nazi uniform that you had drawn on me, you were making a statement without vulgarity or profanity.” Guy had dodged a bullet and this controversial cartoon was Guy’s first published work of art. After High School, Guy went to Allen Hancock College in Santa Maria, California and studied painting and sculpture. Much of the seedlings of Guy’s painting and drawings skills were learned at Allan Hancock College. Many established and well-respected Central Coast artists would use the studio at Allan Hancock and Guy learned invaluable lessons from these working artists during his stay at Allan Hancock College. Guy transferred to San Jose State University as a Fine Arts Major in Painting. During his time at San Jose State he began to hone his painting skills. In 1994 he visited his sister in Maui, Hawaii and fell in love with the islands and soon moved to Maui. Guy began cartooning and illustrating for various magazines and publications, and also designed for Crazy Shirts Inc. Which sells shirts in their Hawaiian Island locations and Mainland U.S. stores. Currently Guy illustrates for Maui No Ka Oi Magazine, Journal of Asian Martial Arts and Maui Time Weekly. Guy also creates stone petroglyph carvings. Collectors all over the world including Japan, Portugal, Australia and across the United States have purchased Guy’s fine art paintings. Guy Junker especially enjoys working on commissioned oil paintings. Over the years Guy has worked with many art directors and publishers. This invaluable experience has helped him immensely when working with clients on commissioned oil paintings. Determining the needs of the client and meeting the deadline have been interwoven into the process of Guy’s commissioned paintings.
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