James Hutchinson, known for Seminole portraits, dies at 90
BY DONNA CRARY AND GREGORY ENNS
James F. “Jim’' Hutchinson, the renowned Florida Hall of Fame Artist who celebrated the state’s heritage and beauty through his portrayals of the Seminole Indians and Florida’s natural landscape, has died at the age of 90.
Kevin Hutchinson of Stuart said his father had been living in Laupahoehoe, Hawaii, with his other son, Kelly, when he died March 15. Hutchinson and his wife, Joanie, who died in 2016, had spent the last several decades between their home in Sewall’s Point in Martin County and Hawaii.
In Florida, many of Hutchinson’s paintings were inspired by his time living with the Seminole people on the Brighton and Big Cypress Reservations. He studied them up close as he captured what he called “slices and snippets of living history.”
Kevin Hutchinson said services for his father have not been decided.