Whoopie pies: An artist's muse

Aug 2, 2018

Tim Huber has created a whoopie pie wonderland in his paintings, and graced Farm & Coast with his creations on August 2.

Huber currently lives in Chatham, but lived on Round Hill from 1984 to 1999, and his whoopie paintings have a distinctive Cape Cod and South Coast flair.

Huber began taking painting classes for fun, but all he was being taught to paint were landscapes and seascapes.

”I couldn’t stand it!” he said.

Then he made a painting of a cow, which he thought was pretty good, and put that cow on the surface of the moon. He needed to make it clear that the cow was in space, so he added Saturn in one corner. There was still too much empty space, so he added a speeding whoopie pie in the opposite corner-- and a new art form was born.

“I fell in love with whoopie pies in Maine,” Huber said. “They sell them in gas stations up there and they’re the best. You’ll be driving up the highway and someone will have the trunk of their car open, and they’ll be selling whoopie pies.”

He said whoopie pies are claimed by both Maine and Pennsylvania, and might be an Amish creation, since there are Amish populations in both states. The name, he said, is said to have come from what children would say when they saw their mothers baking the pies: “Whoopie!”

Huber doesn’t bake whoopie pies, but he has certainly brought appreciation of the treat to a new level. Each of his paintings has at least one whoopie pie, and a punny name.

Among those on display at Farm & Coast were “Pop Pie the Sailor,” “Pie-tanic,” “Pie Rats of the Caribbean,” and “Piedrangias.” He has also created a line of paintings inspired by famous artists, including Picasso, Miro, Mondrian, and Dali.

When asked which painting was his favorite, Huber replied, “Which is your favorite child?”

“I think they make you feel happy,” Huber said of his paintings. “When you look at them, there’s nothing too serious or dark.”

Huber works in business by day, but he has created a line of baseball caps embroidered with his designs, along with a calendar and cards.

He is open for suggestions for new subjects for his whoopie pie paintings. His website is www.thewhoopiepieguy.com.