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Paul Hontake Solo Show June 1 - August 11 ....

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Paul Honatke was born in Sewickley, Pennsylvania in 1966. He began taking art classes in high school and received his BFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1988. Paul spent his summers away from college, and intermittent seasons after school, living in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. While there, he exhibited in local galleries and restaurants, produced commissioned paintings and murals for area businesses, and also created flyers and posters for events in the growing town.

These years also afforded the artist opportunities for travel. By 1995 he had been to Europe three times to see the art centers of Paris, Rome, London and Berlin, as well as the more exotic atmospheres of Morocco and Turkey.

There is a certain multicultural feel to much of Paul’s art. During the late eighties and nineties Paul lived in several different areas of the United States, and explored Mexico and the American west. During this time, he continued to paint and exhibit, while absorbing a wide variety of experiences that continue to influence his art.

For several years he lived in San Francisco where he studied graphic arts at CCSF. While exhibiting at restaurants and cafés, he further supported himself with freelance illustration and picture framing, also working as a faux finish painter with clients in the city and throughout the Bay Area. In 2003 he relocated to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, he now lives in Grass Valley, CA.

Aside from painting, Paul’s interests include cooking, nature photography, hiking and camping, and most recently, kayaking in the lakes of Northern California.