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Former SDA art teacher paints stories through portraits

Former SDA art teacher paints stories through portraits

A former North County art teacher is showing off his own talents to the community in an art show at the North Coast Repertory Theatre (NCRT).

John Ratajkowski, who taught drawing and painting at San Dieguito Academy for 30 years and divides his time between Carmel Valley and Ireland, features nine portrait paintings with abstract elements on display through Aug. 12 in the Solana Beach theatre’s gallery at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, suite D.

The pieces, created with wax-based paint made by Ratajkowski, portray people the artist has met in real life, including his daughter and former students.

Previously, the artwork — each created within the last two years — has been...

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