Instructors

Rose Adare started oil painting at the age of 7. Entering the Academy of Art University at 28 and graduating 5 years later with an Illustration major, emphasis in Fine Art and Computer Graphics, Adare's graduate show saw 3⁄4 of the paintings sell, most on the first night. Adares' work was featured in a Gustav Klimpt Retrospective at the renowned San Francisco's' Legion of Honor earlier that year.

Adare then received a full 3 year scholarship to the Atelier for Classical Realism under the tutelage of Mr. David Hardy and Mr. Rob Anderson. After completion of  Mr. Hardy's Atelier, he pulled Adare aside stating “You now have the obligation to pass this knowledge on and keep it alive. You may open your own Atelier.” Adare has now been teaching for 29 years.

Adares' counterculture portrait series Restraint & Revolution made it’s tour from the Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s Schaefer International Gallery (2013) to museums and galleries in San Francisco, Seattle, and Las Vegas.  Adare's ongoing, island inspired portrait series Mahalo Nui Loa continues to capture Hawaii’s serenity one painting at a time.

Adare’s portraits invest over 100 hours, layering thin translucent paints until the figure appears to breathe on the canvas. Adare exhibited at MACC’s Schaeffer Portrait Challenge (2012, 2015, 2018) while winning awards at the Wyland Gallery’s Best of the West (2013) and the Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art (2015). Adare has two books: Restraing & Revolution: The Art of Adare and The Pocket Guide for the Badass Artist along with a DVD documentary of Restraint & Revolution.

Adare sits on the Kīpaipai Board as President, is a board member for the Paradise Studio Tour, and was a board member for the Hawai'i Museum of Contemporary Art for three years.

Adare is a gallery artist and a portrait artist, working on commissions, shows and gallery work. Adare travels to Maui and Oahu to teach and serves as Director and year-round instructor at Kīpaipai School of Art,.


Rod Cameron’s fine art drawings and paintings are internationally acclaimed and widely collected. He studied at the Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles and the Art Student’s League of New York and apprenticed with impressionist painter, Keith Ward. 

A former illustrator and designer, Rod illustrated The Peace Series (Artium Publications), a series of 13 books containing 20 illustrations each, which won the National Ben Franklin Gold and Silver Awards, can be found in the collections of the University of Connecticut’s Northeast Children’s Literature Collection, Swarthmore College Peace Collection, and the University of Southern Mississippi’s de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection and have been placed on permanent display at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. 

He founded and served as Director of East/West Arts in Ventura, whose clients included The Los Angeles Times, Warner Bros. Studio Stores, Hasbro Toys and Weatherhill Publications.  He also created the first Diamond Head Music Festival posters in Hawai’i for Santana, Buddy Miles and others. His commemorative Merrie Monarch Festival paintings were published as posters in 2010 and 2011 by the Hawai’i Visitors Bureau.

Rod has shown extensively throughout the US and Europe and is represented by Lahaina Galleries in Newport Beach, Maui, and the Big Island where he currently resides.


Nancy DeLucrezia created and produced her first art show at the age of twelve. She minored in art in high school and majored in art at the State University of New York, with a concentration in printmaking and photography.

In the late 1980’s she moved to California and  joined the Santa Barbara Watercolor Society and studied privately with founder, Rose Margaret Braiden. She also studied with award winning watercolor artist, Judy Koenig.

Ms. DeLucrezia was a charter member of Working Artists Ventura (WAV), a residential community of artists and writers where she lived for 6 years. She also served as Art Programs Director for Turning Point Foundation teaching watercolor classes  for psychiatrically challenged clients and currating community exhibits of their work.

Since moving to Hawaii in 2016, she has worked in acryllic with Peggy Stanton and oils with Rose Adare in addition to watercolor painting which she also teaches at the Volcano Art Center.


Ethel Mann was born in Buffalo, NY and later raised in California. She studied art at the University of California, Berkeley where she received an MFA in 1988 and was a two-time winner of the Eisner Prize. “I think I had something to express,” she explains, “and with the guidance of my fine mentors, I found a way to do it. I loved my experience at Berkeley, in its every nuance.”

She currently lives with her husband of 50 years, Ray, on the river at Enoka Place on the scenic Hamakua Coast of the Big Island.

“Hawai’I has been inspirational on all levels.  My work takes many forms, but is always a personal diary. Within the details of the process, the various forms are closely related, even as they appear disparate by genre. For me, discoveries in the creative process are paramount. My work is always an exploration of possibilities. An image may be satisfied with 15 minutes of my time, or it may ask me to engage with it for years. I obey the muse, allowing each image it’s own voice. I love to follow the wind.”

Ethel’s painting, Lament, took first place at the 2018 “Abstract Only” exhibit at Wailoa Center in Hilo.


Patti Pease Johnson  teaches art workshops in three mediums: liquid dye on silk, soft pastel, and watercolor at various locations around Hawaii Island. She has home and fashion accessory lines in galleries and gift shops around the state and her original paintings are found in many international collections. She also creates in metal and clay.

She has had 10 solo exhibitions, been in numerous juried art competitions, and has been curator of five major multiple artist exhibits. She has been a long time board member of various art organizations, currently on the board of Hawaii Craftsmen. Mrs. Johnson is a self-taught artist who relishes taking intensive art workshops when available, and enjoys the journey of learning and doing.

 “I'm exhilarated by nature's beauty and vivid colors, and relish a rock, a leaf or piece of moss as much as a mountain or the ocean," she explains. "iIt's the simplistic nature of life I find most intriguing. Flow and contrast, color and form, intuition and newness are what excites me in creation. 

I use the mediums of liquid dye on silk with wax resist, metal forming, clay, soft pastels, and watercolor.  For silk work, all colors are mixed using the four printing process colors: cyan, magenta, yellow and black.

I'm very grateful to my parents for instilling the art of noticing nature's greatness.  My artistic mission is to light people up with the colors of life.”


Margaret Stanton blends expressive brushstrokes and vibrant colors to create bright seascapes and other sunny Hawaiian Island Acrylic Paintings. Her mural sites include Hilo Hospital and Historical Heritage Corridor on Hamakua Coast.

Her paintings featured at the Paradise Studio Tour take a dramatic departure from previous Impressionistic works. Now, her art better reflects Puna's dynamic and breathtaking coast, a region and a community forever changed in the wake of a destructive hurricane, massive lava flows, earthquakes and landslides! These new Expressionistic Paintings show a world in "flux". Her vivid interpretation of nature's forces gives viewers a feeling of being pulled upwards with the elements as they mingle and transform just as we are being transformed.

Margaret has been a resident of Big Island for 22 years. She is a painter and musician and continues to evolve artistically. Margaret Stanton's paintings have been commissioned for hotels, restaurants, businesses, libraries, hospitals and education centers throughout the United States. Her art leads a state-wide campaign for suicide prevention.

Stanton's paintings and fine art prints can be seen  at the Dreams of Paradise Gallery on Hilo's Bayfront.