National Parks have long served as a source of inspiration for artist Kevin Adams. Acknowledging his talent in this arena, the U.S. Department of Interior commissioned Adams to paint a series of Grand Canyon National Park for its 75th anniversary and Glacier National Park for its 85th anniversary. For each project, Kevin spent many weeks in the parks, capturing the colors, shapes and textures that evoked the Parks’ essences. His work is part of the permanent collections at both parks, as well as at the Department of the Interior Museum in Washington, D.C.
A resident of Rappahannock County, Virginia, Adams lives in a restored 1850s farmhouse that abuts the Blue Ridge Mountains and offers a breathtaking view of Shenandoah National Park. So it was natural for him to launch into a series of paintings of Shenandoah, his backyard national park.
Adams’ Shenandoah series was on display last fall at the Inn at Little Washington. The Inn hosted the exhibit to help launch Shenandoah National Park’s 75th anniversary and to support Shenandoah National Park Trust. Compared to the commissioned works, Kevin acknowledges that his series of paintings for Shenandoah have a more familiar and intimate feel. “I love watching fall approach: with the reds, oranges and yellows slowly spreading down from the top of the mountains. First down into the ravines and then out over the face of the mountains,” says Adams, who hopes his work will help others appreciate the beauty of national parks so we can protect them for future generations.
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