Kevin H. Adams was trained at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and at the American Institute in Southern France. Kevin was recognized for his ability as an artist and assigned as a combat artist while serving as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps. He continued using that talent during his tenure at the Washington Opera where he worked as a set painter and props coordinator. In 1992 and 1994, he was awarded two large commissions with the Department of the Interior painting the backcountry and remote areas of the Grand Canyon N.P., and Glacier N.P. for their prospective 75th and 85th anniversaries. Kevin is actively participating in “The Arts for Embassies Program” by having several of his painting travel throughout the world being displayed in various U.S. Embassies. Kevin resides and maintains a studio in Washington, Virginia. The surroundings of the Blue Ridge Mountains away from the hustle and bustle of the city life afford Kevin more time to paint as well as endless visuals to create those paintings.
“I have always enjoyed painting and drawing...and have always loved the outdoors. The combination of being out in nature, and painting is a gift to my soul. The challenge is to capture the feeling and changing light and put them into an interesting and beautiful composition. Most of my paintings are landscapes or cityscapes but ultimately they are studies of shape, texture, and a balance within a composition of tonal values and color. I try to work on location as often as possible...the feeling of being there, the sounds and smells and the connection with a particular place makes plein-air painting very special to me. From a tree stump caught in a particular light; a forest raven moist with a morning dew; or a shadow cast across a busy city street...my interest is to capture what I see and share that on canvas. My goal is to suggest or capture the vibration of color as the sun and shadows shift; and how distance grays the colors and softens its edges. I love trying to capture the richness of a shadow and how its color and texture bend that changing light.” - Kevin H. Adams