Born in Canada, Thomas Lorraine Hunt began his career as a painter by studying under his father, John Powell Hunt.
Thomas Lorraine Hunt didn't start life as a serious painter, preferring to make his living as a businessman. Painting, for Hunt, was mostly a leisure time activity which he fit into his schedule as time allowed.
Hunt relocated to California in 1924, still keeping with his artistic pursuits when he could. Eventually, he helped to found the Laguna Beach Museum and built a studio of his own in the same city.
Hunt typically worked in the modernist style. The subjects of his works were oftentimes harbors and he produced several such paintings while in Los Angeles. Though most associated with them, he wasn't an artist who worked solely in seascapes, producing paintings of his own studio and other indoor and outdoor environs, as well. His modernist style translates to bold colors, strong brush strokes and dramatic presentations of his subject matter
Though he often employed bright colors, some of his work has a darker feel to it, such as the ca. 1910 oil on canvas painting "Provincetown Buildings and Churches" in which tall buildings seem to glower under a stylized gray sky.