Biography: After college and a brief stint as an art teacher, Joe Adams stopped painting to build a business career and raise a family. At the urging of his wife, Evelyn, he started painting again about 15 years ago. Today, his favorite place is his 150-year-old art studio, a former slave dwelling, nestled at the back of a manicured garden in Macon's historic district. A graduate of Mercer University with a double major in art and biology, Adams credits his professor and mentor Sam Hutto as his greatest artistic influence. Upon graduation, Adams began his career as an art teacher for The Youth Development Center in Macon and then at Robins Elementary on Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Ga. Adams has exhibited work throughout the Southeast, including shows at Mercer University, The Summit One Gallery and CK Swan in Highlands NC, The Gallery at Macon Arts Alliance and Art On the Avenue in Macon, The Left Bank Gallery on St. Simons Island and The Parker Gallery on St. Simons. His paintings have been shown as part of the Historic Macon Showhouse , the Highlands Designer Showhouse and the Cashiers Designer Showhouse. His recent work has focused on non-objective painting, utilizing color and texture to create wonderful objects of beauty and design. A process-oriented painter, he is not concerned with recreating the world, but instead with the qualities of the paint and the manner in which it is applied. In his current series, Adams focused on the liquidity of the paint, using a pallet knife to spread the pigment across the surface of his canvases. Splatters of paint, layers of color, and a variety of textures are definitive qualities of a Joe Adams painting. While many artists are focused on process, Adams does not ignore the intrinsic beauty of his work. As a lover of architecture and history, he and his wife have restored several historic homes and decorated them with modern and traditional art. His paintings, unabashed in their modernity, feel perfectly at home alongside antique furniture and a modern sofa. He walks a tightrope with his work that few others can, creating works of beauty that compliment almost any decor.