We had the good fortune of connecting with Adam Normandin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adam, what’s your definition for success?
For me, success is an ever illusive thing; Like a carrot on a stick, it is always just beyond reach and a motivating force that keeps me pushing forward. I don’t really know what it is, beyond that. I don’t think I have yet to experience it. -Perhaps I never will. I can say that I know what success is not. Like many, I was raised to believe success is about financial gain. The things we can do or buy with an abundance of money. While I have been fortunate to have experienced some of this, I have to admit that the sale of a painting has never made me feel successful. When it comes to financial gain, I much prefer to think that I have been lucky, which is something entirely different than success …whatever that is.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I make paintings of my observations and feelings about life. Freight trains have been my primary muse for quite a long while now. I am enchanted by the stories they tell and the mysteries of life that each reveals. I am extremely lucky that my work continues to sustain my compulsion and I get to paint every day. Like many, my path has had (and continues to have) many challenges. All part of the deal in being an artist. Overcoming them must be part of the creative process. Ultimately, this is how we learn, grow and become better artists.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many people who have encouraged and supported me throughout my career, that I could not possibly list them all here. I have had the most wonderful mentors, friends & family, colleagues, collectors and admirers and I will forever be grateful to all of them. I must also acknowledge all the unidentifiable graffiti artists who’s work has given me endless inspiration. While I do try to find and contact the ones who’s work may appear in my paintings, I cannot always locate them. They all have my utmost respect and gratitude.