The Creatives, by Sarah Battaglia
Adam D. Smith: Taking a Realistic Look at the North Shore
When Adam Smith was a child as far back as first grade, he had to keep his hands busy. Whether he was doodling in his notebook, building model trains or later drawing floor plans for houses that he dreamed to inhabit some day, he had the desire to create things with both the precise eye of an architect and the creative mind of a painter. This precision and vision soon culminated into an artistic realism where landscapes appear as photographs on a much larger canvas.
Mr. Smith, now 33 grew up on the North Shore with the coastlines and surrounding landscape serving as a constant source of inspiration. Encouraged by his family’s passion for water and boating, he was exposed to breathtaking coastal scenes early on.
“My grandparents had a boat in Port Jefferson,” he recalls. “Being out on the boat, it provided a different view of the scenery and coastline.” Several of his works, including “Danford’s Marina,” “Pre-Season at Preston’s” and “The Bounty,” reflect his love for the nautical North Shore, particularly his native Port Jefferson. (more…)
Honoring the Artist: Adam Smith
The week’s cover artist, Adam Smith, is a testament to tenaciousness, considering that he has stuck with his job as a graphic artist all these years while still pursuing his own creative endeavors. We talked to Mr. Smith about this process and his plans for the future.
Q: The pumpkin patch cover is not only indigenous to this area, particularly the North Fork, but also indicative of your own life.
A: Yes, although I live in Selden now, I grew up here in Long Island, in Port Jefferson where my family was really into boating. Even though I studied art at Syracuse University, I still settled in this area, working in Westhampton and now at Searles Graphics in Yaphank for the last seven years.
Q: How did Syracuse prepare you for the art profession?
A: I majored in illustration, but I had a well-rounded education in the visual arts too. I began to think I could actually make money at art. My training enabled me to get a full-time job in graphic design. I’m lucky because nowadays it’s hard; a lot of illustrations are stock drawings.
Q: But despite your fortunate situation, you still have another desire? (more…)