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Meet Adam McCarthy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adam McCarthy.

Adam, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve been an artist pretty much my whole life. I always loved to draw and paint when I was a small child, and all the way through my adolescence, I was very active in the visual arts. I used to study fantasy artists like Boris Vallejo and Frank Frazetta. I would copy their work and practice drawing their characters and would come up with characters of my own. When I was a young teen, I would practice figure drawing by drawing the models in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues. I was always most fascinated by the human form and faces in particular. I would often draw portraits of my friends and family. As I was nearing the end of High School, I knew I wanted to go into the arts in some capacity, but wasn’t quite sure exactly what I wanted to do professionally. After one semester at a Junior College, I found out about a trade school that had an Associates Degree program in Desktop Publishing and Computerative Design. So I went to school to become a Graphic Artist. During my time at college, I started learning about early 3D modeling and animation. A short time after graduating, I had heard about a small start-up company that was developing video games. After meeting the folks at this studio, I procured a position as an entry-level artist, in what would become my life-long career as an artist in Video Game Development. During my career, I was exposed to a plethora of talented artists and continued to hone my fine art skills in drawing and oil painting. That said, during this time I was mostly focused on digital art production and improving my skills as a digital artist as it pertained to my career. Drawing and painting was still just a hobby.

Late in my career, I started feeling uninspired by my work and was looking for a creative outlet outside of work. That’s when I began to invest a lot of my time as a musician. I started a band with some fellow musicians and eventually grew it to a semi-professional level. All of my spare time was invested in this band. I did all of our artwork, album covers, music videos, etc. I did that for over ten years, and then due to some issues with a founding member of the band, we broke up and I suddenly found myself with an inordinate amount of free time. That is when I started focusing on fine art again. It had been years since I’d painted anything, and so I slowly began to redevelop my craft. It was like I was reborn. My passion for fine art ignited like a pyre, and I found myself sinking all of my creative energy into drawing and painting. Now, a few years later, I find myself immersed in the LA art scene, showing my work at several galleries around the area. My work continues to grow, as does my reputation as an artist. My sole focus now is continuing to grow my craft and increase my presence in the modern art scene.

Has it been a smooth road?
There are always struggles in anything you put your mind and attention towards. Most things that are easy are not worth much. My main struggle is lack of time, and a low desire to be heavily proactive in communication and self-promotion. Making people aware of your work and growing your name as an artist is VERY time consuming, and since I still have a career as an Art Director in video game development, I don’t have as much time as I’d like to grow my fine art business. I’d prefer to spend my time painting as opposed to writing emails and going to gallery events and meeting people, but it’s all a part of making the art world aware of you are, and so it must be done.

Please tell us more about your art.
I am a fine artist that specializes in Portraiture with a Dark Narrative. I work in both Oil Paint and Charcoal. I paint people, mostly women, and most of my work skews towards the dark narrative subject matter, but not always. I like to paint heavily tattooed people mostly. I feel that my work is quite diverse in that I’m always trying new techniques, new painting materials, new compositions, and am always trying new things that will help keep my work from being too consistent. I also focus heavily on photography and lighting so that when I shoot reference for my paintings, I have full control over the look and feel of how the models are visually represented. I’m very proud of how much my technique has improved over the years, but I also thrive in learning new skills and am very much looking forward to constantly changing and growing as an artist.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Since I’m new to the fine art scene, I don’t feel as though I have my finger on the pulse as far as what’s selling, who’s buying, or how to predict how that might change. I honestly try not to pay any attention to trends and just try to focus on growing my skills as an artist. I would very much like to increase my presence in the scene, as well as meet more people in the art gallery business around the world. I have a long way to go and really need to focus on building those relationships so that I can grow the industry’s awareness of my work. I’m just mainly focused on always growing and creating compelling pieces of artwork that someone may fall in love with and want to own in their home.

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