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Paintings of Hunter, Adachi featured at Escondido Municipal Gallery

Local artists Patricia Hunter and Wayne Adachi will host a reception introducing their latest oil paintings at the Escondido Municipal Gallery (262 E. Grand Ave.) during the 2nd Saturday Art Walk on May 8, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

The gallery exhibits runs through June 4.

Hunter, a retired real estate broker, has found an ongoing specialty in pet portraits. And she says she’ll likely include one of these in the exhibit with about eight of what she calls her “red rock” paintings — views of craggy vistas like those of the Grand Canyon, inspired by her own memories and her photography of these landscapes.

Growing up in the Chicago suburbs, she says she didn’t have any formal art training. But she always wanted to be an artist, a desire receiving inspiration from her visits to the Art Institute of Chicago and viewing the iconic artwork there.

During her working career she was occasionally able to take some adult art classes, but about ten years ago, she says she “got more serious.” 

Hunter began taking art classes at Palomar College and Escondido Adult Ed, then studied with various local artists, including Perrietta Hester, RayeAnne Marx and Paul Ryker. And for the past six years she’s been studying weekly with Richard Stergulz, co-founder of The Green Art House, a non-profit art school at Pala Mesa Resort.

She’s transformed a small woodworking shed into a studio – double doors, skylight for great lighting — thus avoiding the need to pack and unpack her materials on a schedule of painting  three or four times a week. 

She says there is always more to learn about the craft of placing paint on canvas. “It takes time, and place, and materials . . . and education.”

Examples of her work can be found on her website, patriciahunterart.com.

Adachi, a retired pharmacist, specializes in landscapes and especially enjoys working in the plein-air method, which is painting outdoors and usually completing a work in one sitting. The show will include at least 10 of his paintings.

As a college student, Adachi says he had initially wanted to be an artist, a career path that didn’t enthrall his parents with its money-earning potential. He eventually went on to pharmacy school and a career in that field, capped off by retirement about 15 years ago, giving him time to practice his youthful aspiration.

He has done still life and portrait painting but says he particular enjoys packing a lunch and heading to the outdoors to various scenic areas, often once a week with the Inland Painters Group.

Moving to Escondido three years ago, he finds inspiration setting up to paint at a variety of local areas, such as Lake Hodges and Kit Carson Park. “I just enjoy being outside – it’s wonderful thing to do,” he says. Asked to pick a very favorite scenic spot as subject, it would combine ocean view and hovering cliffs.

Examples of Adachi’s work can be found on his website, wayneadachioilpaintings.com.

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