In anticipation of this week's limited edition print release, "Feel It Running Down My Spine," with artist Adam Hall, we sat down with him to ask about his life and work. Read the short interview below:
Where were you born and where are you now?
I was born in a small valley town of West Virginia called Wheeling. Currently, I’m located in Franklin, Tennessee, which is just just a few minutes south of Nashville.
What are your earliest artistic memories?
One memory that comes to mind is how I would try to draw my action figures. There was no shortage of really bad Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles drawings on my walls. Haha!
Have you always been drawn to the same subject matter & how has your work evolved over the years?
What interests me as an artist is constantly changing and is of course deeply connected to how I evolve/grow as a person. My first serious attempt at art involved portraits and figure work. Eventually, I discovered my love for landscape painting but with a more abstract approach. The more I showed up to the easel and put in the hours, the more familiar I got with the materials and my abilities kept expanding. My work has organically grown into including more aspects of realism for sure, but I’m constantly exploring new ideas.
Could you tell us a bit about your print release with us, "Feel It Running Down My Spine?"
The original painting was created during the first few months of the 2020 pandemic. Like most people, I was in a constant rollercoaster state of anxiety and uncertainty. This painting was therapy for me and gave me something to focus on. It represents the duality of facing something challenging. Choosing to overcome and recognize the beauty that gives you a shiver up your spine.
What is a normal day like in the studio for you?
A typical day for me starts at 9 AM and I begin mentally prepping the goals I have set out. After prep work / admin work is out of the way then I try my best to get in 6 to 7 solid painting hours. There is always music or podcasts going on in the background.
What is the most difficult part of creating?
Some days, an idea that’s in my head will just flow out seamlessly onto the canvas, but so many times it just doesn’t translate at all. Also, as a creator it is sometimes difficult to deal with the nagging self doubt that can creep in.
And the most rewarding part?
Soooooo many rewards. Like showing my kids what it’s like to pursue your dreams. The ability to create every day in this analog art form and put something back out into the world is such a privilege. Witnessing that connection someone has with my work is truly rewarding.
What are you up to when you're not in the studio?
I love exploring and being out in nature with my wife and 3 kiddos.
What else can we look forward to from you in 2021?
This summer is going to be busy with shows at Robert Lange Studios and Abend Gallery. I’m going to be releasing some fun new personal projects as well!
"Feel It Running Down My Spine" will be available starting Thursday, April 15th, 2021 at 1PM Pacific.