My name is Adam. 

For four years I worked as a zookeeper at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo. Spending each day up close with wild animals, I got to know them in a personal, intimate way. I built trust with skittish primates, handled deadly rattlesnakes, trimmed an armadillo’s toenails and trained headstrong crocodiles.

I’ve had my shoe untied by a vulture. 

I’ve had bushbaby twins sit on my head. 

I’ve raced a zebra (he never let me win).

And I named the world’s most famous living camel: Alexander Camelton.

When I left zookeeping, I needed a new way to express and share my love for animals. Perhaps more importantly, I needed a new means to contribute to protecting them through conservation.

So I taught myself to paint. 

In my work, I highlight the personality, power and breathtaking beauty of the living art that surrounds us: art that has been dynamically crafted over millions of years, guided by the omnipotent hand of chance. 

I want you to see what I see. 


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