Mark Edward Adams was born in Tucson, Arizona and raised in the Phoenix area in a family full of artists and musicians. Despite his initial artistic influence, Mark gravitated toward science and earned a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of San Diego followed by a M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania.
While working as a scientist, Mark discovered his passion for sculpture and began his journey into the world of art. He traveled to Italy to study classical sculpture at the Florence Academy of Art and then to Arizona to study modern sculpture at the Scottsdale Artists’ School. He continued his studies with a mentorship under the wildlife sculptor Rod Zullo who studied under the equine sculptor Floyd Dewitt.
In 2013, Mark was awarded the prestigious “Beverly Hoyt Robertson Memorial Award” by the National Sculpture Society for an outstanding sculptor under the age of 40. Then in 2016 he became an Elected Member of the National Sculpture Society. His work has been exhibited at the Gilcrease Museum, The Booth Museum of Western Art, The Tampa Museum of Art, Brookgreen Gardens, and in private collections in the United States and Europe. He has also been featured in a variety of publications including Western Art and Architecture, American Art Collector, Western Art Collector, and Fine Art Connoisseur.
A hallmark of a true artist is the ability to capture complex emotions in their purest and simplest form. The subtle emphasis of key expressive elements can result in a piece that comes together as an articulate vision. I have always had a great passion and fascination for animals. As artistic subjects, they can be the ideal vehicles to convey the joys and tragedies of life. I strive to make my sculptures modern, exciting, and personally relevant while drawing on a foundation of classical Italian art. I hope to capture the essence of a story in a simple and elegant manner that connects with people on a personal level.