Artist and author Stephen Huneck, known for his love of dogs and his unique dog chapel, died at the age of 60 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Read more on Steve Huneck’s death below.
The artist’s wife, Gwen Huneck, spoke about her husband’s death.
“Tragically, Stephen took his own life,” Huneck wrote in a letter posted online.
“Stephen had been despondent for some time now and was being treated for depression.”
She also said they worried about losing their home and mountain-top farm called Dog Mountain due to the economy. On Tuesday, they had to lay off most of the employees of their art studio and the chapel.
“This hurt Stephen deeply. He cared about them and felt responsible for their welfare,” she said.
Just two days later, Huneck shot himself in the head while sitting in his car outside his psychiatrist’s office.
“He was one of the most creative and active members of the Vermont crafts community,” Jennifer Boyer, co-owner of the Artisans Hand craft gallery in Montpelier, said in an interview.
“I appreciate how much energy he put into his works, which were whimsical and sardonically funny. He really had a unique sense of humour.”
Huneck started out in the antique business and as a furniture maker. He taught himself to carve and his artistry was inspired by his love of dogs.
He also wrote children’s book which included My Dog’s Brain, The Dog Chapel and the Sally series, inspired by his dog.
So sad…Our condolences to his family, friends, and fans.
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