- Jennifer Gersbach
Art festivals abound in the summer, and artists continually move their masterpieces from state to state, where open-air galleries provide a place for enthusiasts and vacationers to casually inspect the hand-crafted creations. For -the artists, and for Adam Stone in particular, creating art “is not only a means of expression, but survival itself.” It is a way of life, the dedicated painter said.
“I love my job. … it’s a good life, and I’ve been very lucky: I have more freedom than if I had a desk job; but, to be sure, it is not a life for everyone,” said Stone, admitting that driving across the country nearly every summer weekend to attend art festivals can be taxing and hard on both the family and the wallet. With nearly 30 years of experience, however, Stone is well on his way and his hard work is paying off.
Growing up in L.A., he was immersed in an ethnically diverse and culturally rich neighborhood that heightened his creative outlet. Both of his parents made a living selling their artwork, and at 17 he, too, began to dabble in abstract paintings and then started to sell them along the Venice Beach Boardwalk. A venture that proved worthwhile. It was there he developed his own unique style and with much experimentation a “pop” theme emerged. It was a style that he refined over the years into what is now his signature “look".