Hermon Adams is remarkable. His instantly recognizable art embodies the essence and spirit of untamed America. They bring to life the indomitable spirit of wild wolves, white horses, untamed rivers, cowboys, mountains, and the Native American way of life and its harmony with all of nature. His scenes are majestic yet peaceful and serene.
Each title is selected with great care and forms an integral and important part of every painting which leaves his studio.
Hermon has a unique gift of weaving fantasy and realism into a tapestry of colour and delight for the eye. His pictures are a perfect blend of the two and are can be compared to a dream in three dimensions, transporting one away from the mundane and into his own special world.
The bold colour and well constructed composition of each painting bring his subjects to life and all have a deep visual impact. His favourite medium is acrylics but he also uses oils a lot.
Hermon was born in Raymond, Mississippi on 14 September 1945. He spent much of his childhood at his grandmother’s Victorian style home where the classical paintings on the walls deeply influenced his artistic and enquiring mind.
He thoroughly enjoyed the great outdoors from a young age and became a Boy Scout. He also spent many of his free hours reading books about mythology.
His love of horses, so evident in his art, began on his family’s cattle farm, where he grew up riding and training horses. He was already riding his grandmother’s horse at the tender age of 3 and bought the first of his own at 15.His very first painting was of a palomino.
He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in advertising design and spent many years doing creatively related work until choosing to paint full time in 1976.
In 1981 he, together with his wife and two young sons moved West to seek grander and more mountainous terrain. They first settled in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where he opened an art gallery of his very own for the first time. Later they settled in the town of Prescott.
“I had to come out West. That’s where the horses and Indians were,” he explained.
In 1988 he founded his own highly successful art publishing company, producing among other things numerous plates for book illustrations which were very popular. His determination to be the very best, his instantly recognizable style and appealing subjects all contribute to the great demand to have one of his paintings.
He is an extremely hard working artist and does meticulous research into his subjects before reaching for his paints, ensuring that every detail is accurate. He attaches great importance to the historical background. He uses live models wherever possible and demands nothing short of perfection in every piece which leaves his studio. His wife Sheila is his number one fan and has been at his side every step of the way. He paints daily from 11 a m until midnight.
His prolific and inspiring work can also be found on various playing cards, puzzles, calendars, commemorative plates, T shirts and greeting cards.
One of his lifelong projects, one which he has been working on for over thirty years, is a series of paintings based on the long epic poem Song of Hiawatha by Longfellow.
2002: SETBACK, PERSISTENCE AND ADJUSTMENT: NEVER GIVE UP!
Hermon suffered a major setback in March 2002 when he fell from a height of 12 feet off a ladder while preparing his new art gallery for opening. He broke his right arm in two places and crushed his elbow in addition to a cracked right hip.
During this very low ebb in his life he confided to Sheila that he would never paint again
But it’s never been in his nature to give up. Hiis strong spirit soon resurfaced and he began to paint just as efficiently with his left hand. This adjustment came fairly easily to him. So whereas some folk had to adjust to writing with the right hand because of the strange rules of conformity in certain school environments, Hermon had to do just the opposite due to his injuries. He has the compulsion to paint found in the true artist.
“He’d paint with his feet if he had to,” remarked Sheila. “He’s that type of guy.”
THE ARTIST IN HIS OWN WORDS
“It was the love of horses that started me painting. They represent freedom. I’ve ridden bicycles, cars, motorcycles and flown planes, but the closest thing to flying is riding a horse.”
“An artist’s style, if it’s honest, is everything he has experienced, seen, loved and even hated. But when he begins to paint, he should try only to paint the best that he can, not dwelling on how to achieve a particular style. Then, he will have a style that is uniquely his own”.
“You can always see the artist’s stories in his paintings. Every artist projects his own emotions into his paintings.”
“Persistence is the most important thing an artist, or anybody else, can have.”
An attitude like that can only produce a winner!
Hermon’s absolute devotion, compassion for his subjects and persistence have paid off and allowed him to live a lifestyle which delightfully combines work and play. His works form part of the great tapestry of the Midwestern way of life and each painting tells a story without a further need for words.