Eugene Hurter started painting full time in 1981 after having been involved in electronic engineering for a period of twenty years. His love for art led him to enrolling in a correspondence course with the University of South Africa (UNISA). In 1980, Eugene Hurter was transferred to Durban as a senior electronic technician, where he went on to establish his own part-time gallery. In 1981 he decided that it was time for him to start painting on a full time basis, as many of his recent exhibitions had sold out. Working mainly in water colours and pastels, his South African landscape art attracted attention from many local and overseas galleries.
In 1985 this South African artist relocated to Johannesburg, where he received commissions from the corporate sector from companies including Anglo American, Standard Bank, Barclays Bank and Old Mutual. In 1986 Eugene was invited to exhibit in the International Art Expo in Los Angeles. At the time he was the only South African watercolour artist to have been bestowed this honour. In 1994 Eugene Hurter decided to sell everything he owned, buy a caravan and travel across the country and paint. He did this for eight years, traveling around the Cape West Coast and the Western Cape. During this time he was commissioned to do painting of the wine estates such as Bellingham Wine Estates, Slanghoek Wine Estate, Bouvlei Cellars, Botha Cellars and many others. Once it became unsafe to travel around the country by caravan, Eugene made the decision to settle in Mpumalanga, relocating in 2002.