Photos by Randall Ford.
In 2000 Dunten was paralyzed in a diving accident in the Rio Grande after a camping trip in the Chisos Mountains. Unable to move from the neck down Dunten began using his mouth to paint in 2002.
In 2005 he was awarded a student scholarship by the MFPA (Mouth and Foot Painters Association) based in Lichtenstein.
Dunten has studied with painter Philip Wade and world renowned master painter Edward Povey. While studies are on-going with Povey, Dunten's style, subject and technique continue to evolve.
His works have been on exhibition at the Bass Concert Hall, The One Allen Center and featured in online and print publications nationally. Patrons across the US collect his work. His most recent public pieces can be seen on display at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, Texas and at The College of Education on the TCU University campus in Ft. Worth.
With a relentless spirit Dunten continues to, "paint himself out of the wheelchair" advocating research for paralysis from spinal cord injury and knows he will walk again. Making prints available to everyone, Dunten wants his story to be told and the belief in a cure to spread.
Now, Dunten lives and works at his studio just outside of Austin, Texas with his wife, 2 sons and a small group committed to seeing his mission through.