How did you get started and then develop your career?
J. Adam McGalliard: Art has always been the one constant in my life. After college, I explored other career paths for a brief time, but none felt authentically me. A real turning point was deciding to move to NYC to attend the New York Academy of Art. Studying under renowned artists like Vincent Desidario and Steven Assael elevated my skill level and introduced me to an entirely new world of likeminded artists.
I’ve been fortunate to exhibit my work nationally and internationally, engage with various artist communities, and participate in residencies that have allowed me to broaden my horizons. There were times when my work was rejected, sales were slow, and self-doubt crept in, but persistence is key in the art world. My support system, especially my wife, has been integral to my artistic journey. She’s been my muse, collaborator, and financial backbone while I took on commissions and taught college classes as an adjunct professor.
Working as an artist is an ongoing process. It’s a process of self-discovery that unfolds as you grow and evolve over time through continuous exploration, experimentation, and self-reflection. I’m excited about what the future holds and where art will lead me next.
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