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Meet Adam Normandin in Downtown

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

Adam, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
After pursuing careers in insurance sales and banking, I ultimately succumbed to a pervading need that I had to paint. It was simply no longer enough for me to do so just as a hobby. So I signed up to participate in a weekend art fair, where I showed my paintings in public for the very first time. It was a terrifying experience. Somehow, I managed to sell two paintings that weekend, and I knew at that moment, my life would forever change. Within six months of that weekend, I left my job and have never looked back. I was determined to be an artist.

I continued showing my work in weekend art fairs, but learned very quickly, that I could not depend on making sales in them to survive …I needed a day job. I was determined to continue moving forward on the path I had started, and vowed only to take a job that related to my art somehow. I worked in a frame shop briefly and then as a freelance painter for a toy company, painting their prototypes. Eventually, this work evolved into a position with an industrial design firm, where I was the head painter in their model studio. It was the perfect place for me at that time. I worked with all types of paints and materials and my skills had sharpened tremendously. All the while, I would still show my fine art paintings at weekend art fairs. I was very happy with this balance between day job and my fine art and continued with this dynamic for several years. As my fine art painting evolved, I began getting some interest from art galleries and the weekend art fairs no longer satisfied my ambition as an artist. Gradually, my paintings were selling at the gallery level for more and more money, until I reached a point where a day job no longer made sense for me. This was the second most terrifying moment of my career, but I made the leap into being a full time fine artist, and left the security of my day job behind.

While this account may sound like a logical or sensible progression of a career as an artist, I can assure you that it did not feel like that. My path was counter to all the advice and hopes of my family and friends. While their intentions were good, I knew I had to forge on and face whatever may come. In that moment, it felt more reckless and selfish, than brave or determined. I often reflect on those times and wonder if I had been more successful at any of the stages, would I have felt more satisfied and stayed where I was? -I don’t really know. Nonetheless, here I am. I am fortunate to have my paintings represented by some of the top galleries around the world and have made some wonderful friendships along the way. While I can say that I have never felt more satisfied with my career, and have reached goals that I never would have believed I could, I still feel like there is room to grow. I wonder what lies ahead of me as an artist. I have been incredibly lucky on so many levels and I am grateful to all those who have supported my intentions over the years. I have always loved making paintings. There is a sense of discovery involved that is impossible to describe in words. Each day that I get to continue on this path is an absolute privilege, and one I will never take for granted. For me, this path of an artist has been anything but easy, but at the same time, I couldn’t imagine anything better.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Smooth? Ha -no. The struggles have been mostly financial. The “starving artist” clichés exist for good reason. I have learned that overcoming such obstacles must be part of the creative process. I have also learned that individual accomplishment and career growth are not necessarily rewarded with money as an artist.

Please tell us about Adam Normandin.
My paintings of freight trains explore an idea about space, purpose and the passing of time.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I suppose I wouldn’t waste too much time on things that don’t work or have stop working. Recognize when it is time to move on.

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Image Credit:
Bernarducci Gallery

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