We had the good fortune of connecting with Bobby Adams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bobby, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Growing up I was always surrounded by makers. My mom and grandma loved crafting, my dad and uncles were building race cars and in high school I took as many hands on electives as I could, welding, woodshop, photography, film making, and sewing. My brain loved solving tactile problems and putting in the hours to acquire new skills and that hasn’t stopped. Being an artist allows me the space to explore and bring my wild ideas to life every single day.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is big, bold, and in your face color. I love playing with scale and handmade repetition to evoke, hopefully happy, emotions. I like to mix up the methods in which i create in a form of art inception. I paint vases and flowers but I also painted a vase and made flowers. I took the palette pages out of my sketchbook and painted them 6 feet tall, and I cut up old paintings and quilted them back together. I’m always trying to combine elements of my art in new ways with new materials and methods.
I can say that so far my success has been slow and steady. By strictly making what I want to make for years I’ve gained a small but mighty following that is very encouraging of my work.
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 being at the beach and if someone is visiting LA hopefully they know thats where were spending most of our time.
Waking up in a rental house in Malibu, enjoying some french pressed blue bottle while we watch the sun rise over the mountains. Morning beach stroll and possible catching some boogey board waves if the swell is right. My secret burrito spot is Holy Guacamole in Venice so thats for lunch followed by biking around the boardwalk, buying silly sunglasses and a touristy Venice Beach shirt for the helluvit. If we’re on bikes and have the leg strength we cruise up venice blvd to Santa Maria BBQ (I grew up in Santa Maria and love that our cherished BBQ has made its way up the coast) and take our tri tip sandwiches to the top of Baldwin Hills for a sunset to remember.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Anna Rogers has been my best friend and art buddy for almost a decade. For as long as weve known each other we’ve been drawing in sketchbooks over coffee and keeping each other moving forward with ideas. She’s been with me through various art endeavors and encouraged my sudden decision to begin renting an art studio, which happens to be the best decision I’ve ever made. We’re able to bounce ideas off each other and value each others opinions in the most beautiful way. I owe her the world.
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