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Bend, Oregon

Born and raised of fine Central Oregon stock, artist Adam Haynes defines his vision of the world through the language of his surroundings—the vivid geography of the Cascade Range and the off-kilter character of its rural inhabitants. He has paid the bills as a commercial illustrator for such clients as Nike 6.0, Tonka, Pirelli, and Specialized. However, Haynes refreshes his creative coffee cup several times a year with a scattering of art shows at galleries throughout the Northwest.

Check out Adam's interview with frequency TSJ's Colin Wiseman on the Asymbol blog.

Adam’s pursuit of the creative craft started as a young boy in Camp Sherman, Oregon, where a lack of television and a plentitude of books inspired hours of drawing landscapes and scenes from his imagination. He grew up with a love for the outdoors—colossal trees, lazy rivers, and the snowbound mountains he was skiing by age four and snowboarding by thirteen. As a young man, Haynes moved to Bozeman, Montana to pursue a fine arts degree at Montana State University. In between graphic design classes, he launched exploratory missions into the steep, rocky terrain of nearby Bridger Bowl.

In 2000, Haynes graduated and split West to Portland, Oregon, where he landed a graphics gig at local footwear giant Adidas. To relieve the stress of corporate design life, Adam began painting, using his experience in screen printing and computer-based vector drawings to develop a unique layering style. “Building graphics gave me an appreciation for building up depth and space through layers of color—no blending allowed,” he says.

Some thousand tee-shirt graphics and almost five years later, Haynes moved back to the Bend area and struck out as a freelance illustrator. His first breakout job was courtesy of Portland’s Nemo Design, who employed him on a campaign for Nike 6.0. Haynes has produced yearly board graphics for Gnu Snowboards since 2006, an animated spot of his own artwork for Fuel TV, as well as creative for Patagonia, Icebreaker, ESPN, ICON Motorsports, and Timberland —the list goes on. He’s still painting when time allows, and still getting inspired by road trips and forest rambles.

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