We had the good fortune of connecting with Adam McCarthy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adam, what’s the end goal, career-wise?
Since my business is secondary to my career as an Art Director, my end goal is actually the beginning of my fine art career! My plan is to grow my business while still maintaining my job in Video Game Development, with the hopes that I can retire early and focus just on painting and showing and selling my work through galleries. As much as I love being an Art Director, the dream is to be able to support myself fully with painting.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art can be described as “Portraiture with a dark narrative”. I work in both oil paints and charcoal, and tend to paint mostly women, mostly naked, and mostly tattooed, although not exclusively. My goal is to portray women of strength and beauty in powerful positions, honoring their femininity and allure. My place in the art scene has been a process of slow growth over time, and is an ongoing process. Raising awareness of my work has happened through staying in contact with galleries that represent my type of work, as well as growing my presence on social media. It takes patience and consistency, and is in and of itself, a full-time job, so balancing the time spent on self promotion is critical to growth.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love to spend time around Hollywood and Venice. It’s nice to get outside, and enjoy the coast, and Venice has a lot of culture with the shops and vendors on the Strand, along with the surf and sand and gorgeous weather. Hollywood has a lot of historic music venues and restaurants. I like to take people to the Rainbow Bar and Grill for the Rock and Roll history, and to visit the statue of Lemmy of Motorhead! 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?
I would like to give a shoutout to Chet Zar. Chet is a fine art painter, and the founder of the Dark Art Society, and has mentored me by always being available to give advice, as well as including me in the gallery shows that he curates. The Dark Art Society is a group of artists who support each other, and do projects together, and share information and encouragement, and that is all due to Chet’s passion for growing the art scene by supporting it’s most prolific contributors. Chet’s Podcast is also a great resource for artists to share and learn from each other by delivering compelling interviews and giving artists the opportunity to share their stories.
Other: My online store to purchase both prints and originals of my work: https://amccarthyfineart.bigcartel.com/