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AHS grad gets artwork on VINO magazine cover

Posted: Monday, May 9th, 2011

Heather Young/Atascadero News Atascadero artist Ryan Adams adds some color to his painting of the Carlton Hotel in his studio. One of Ryan’s painting will be featured on the cover of the Atascadero News’ and Paso Robles Press’ newest publication, VINO.

Ryan Adams, a 1989 Atascadero High School graduate, will have one of his paintings depicting wine country on the cover of the Atascadero News and Paso Robles Press newest publication, VINO, which hits stands today.

Adams got his start in art as a youth.

“I was really interested in art from the beginning,” Adams said.

He said he started out as an illustrator and thought he could easily go from drawing to painting.

“I assumed I could paint because I could draw with a pencil,” Adams said. “But that wasn’t the truth.”

He added that painting is much more difficult. He starts his paintings, which has a distinct flavor unique to Adams, by drawing on the canvas and then covering it with paint.

“I just follow my pencil lines,” Adams said. “If I lost the pencil line, I’d lose what I was painting ... It kind of changes the whole painting.”

Out of high school Adams went to Cuesta College where he received his AA degree. From there he went on to Humboldt State University where he was an art studio major. He returned to Atascadero about six years ago. Since then he spent two years living at Ragged Point in Big Sur painting. To pay the bills as he built his inventory of work, he worked as a cashier at a market.

“I needed to accumulate a lot of work,” Adams said.

In August 2010, Adams started A-Town Artists Gallery Co-op on Entrada Avenue where his work has been on exhibit and for sale.

He has worked on display at Haven Wine Bistro, 6155 El Camino Real; The ARTery, 5890 Traffic Way; and in A-Town Artists Gallery Co-op, 5945 Entrada Ave.

He will be one of the artists whose work will be featured at the Atascadero Lakeside Festival on Saturday, June 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. He will be producing limited edition wine labels using a variety of his paintings related to art.

This is not the first Atascadero News publication that Adams’ work has graced the cover. His painting of the City Administration Building and the fountain in Sunken Gardens was featured on the cover of Savor Atascadero, a publication on Atascadero distributed at Sunset’s Savor the Central Coast in October 2010.

Adams can be reached at 464-9181 or

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