I enjoy working in a variety of disciplines including original artwork on wood panels or canvas; repurposed sculpture incorporating discarded or found items, ceramics, and clay; and woodwork ranging from abstract creations to utilitarian furniture, from whimsical birdhouses to "Little Free Libraries." I am no purist and work in mixed media including acrylic, gouache, watercolor, and good old pen and ink. I am a self-taught artist with commercial graphic design, sign-making, and screen printing experience. I welcome commissions for signs, original artwork, and sculptures.
Below you will find a small representation of original artwork. Works range in size from 8"x5" to 24"x36" and are mixed media.
To inquire about a specific piece, or to see my work up close and in person, please call me at 815-878-7177.
* some pieces have been sold, all pieces are available as, (prints various sizes, or cards 3x5.)
Working with wood goes back generations in my family. My grandpa, JT Adams, passed the skill of woodworking to his three eldest sons. My father, Walter Adams, the second of JT and Neecie's boys, raised me to take up the mantle of a craftsman. I am proud to say I've inherited his reverence and love for craftsmanship. I learned and practiced woodworking by working alongside my father and uncles during my formative years. At the same time, designing woodworking pieces on paper with thick carpenters pencils honed my true passion: drawing.
While built with a solid understanding of a craftsmanship in mind, more and more my pieces seem to have a mind of their own and betray the personality of their artist. Eccentric. Eclectic. Oddities. Mismatched. A combination of styles and periods.... all with a sincere nod to my Dad and the collected works of Eric Sloane.
My first job after high school graduation was at a friend's family business that made custom lettering and signage for grocery stores and other retail markets. Commercially, I've not strayed too far from sign-making since. From vinyl to hand painted signs, small to near billboard size advertising, I have done them all. I'd be glad to create a custom sign to your business!
Here are a few samples of some recent projects I've been working on. Designs and concepts for websites and outdoor signs.