Adam began painting in 1998 when he was 27 years old, still living at home, single and feeling like life hadn't quite gone to plan.
His father Richard, also an artist, decided to move his studio from the makeshift garage into the living room. Up until that point Adam's sole passion had been making music. The thought of being a visual artist was something he had resisted as he wanted to follow my own path but when his father's old studio became available it triggered him into action and he started to paint.
Those first couple of weeks of painting were a mixture of joy and frustration. He would show his work to his father at the end of the day and knew by his response that he had a long way to go. The brushes still felt clumsy in his hands and the paint seemed to have a mind of its own. He recalls showing his father a landscape scene that had a few buildings on the horizon. "I like those buildings, do more of that". It was the first time his father had praised any particular aspect of Adam's work and it fired him into another level of action. He painted like a madman all day and into the night. At last he could feel his style beginning to take shape the more he painted.
His father was having a joint show with a local artist who ran a gallery and he showed a few pieces as well. It was the first time he had shown any of his art outside the cocoon of home. When he sold a few pieces it confirmed that this was his new path. He then sent works to many of the galleries that represented his father. This began more than a decade long relationship with the gallery system with many exhibitions both solo and mixed both in Australia and overseas.
Adam now enjoys the freedom that self-representation brings as allows him to paint unrestricted by the expectations of a gallery wanting more of only one style of art.