Walk into Jim Adcock’s studio and gallery on 106 East Green Street in Snow Hill, and you may discover yourself starting to relax. Taking in the pale hues, guests find themselves exhaling, muscles loosening into the softness of his canvases.
Influenced by Monet, Hopper and “too many other artists to mention,” Adcock’s work is a combination of impressionism and realism. The gallery walls are filled with seascapes, landscapes, Delmarva icons and landmarks. It’s the color palette (“I use very little dark brown or black”) and his approach to incorporating light that creates a sense of calm and links the works.
Adcock has been an art teacher, graphic designer, cartoonist and t-shirt designer. He and his wife, Edie Brennan, relocated to Ocean Pines 25 years ago, and a decade ago they purchased the historic John Blair House in Snow Hill. Here, Adcock paints four to five days a week, about six hours a day.
His challenge, he said, “is finding the amount of time needed to paint all the things [I’d] like to paint.” He’s painted more than 40 iconic businesses, from Ocean City to Chincoteague, including Dumser’s Dairyland, Fisher’s Popcorn and The Salty Dog. He’s at work now on “Pocomoke River Series,” the sale of which will, in part, benefit Jesse’s Paddle Organization for suicide prevention. And he was “honored to be asked to create the poster design for this year’s Blessing of the Combines.”
Adcock’s work hangs in more than a half-dozen galleries on the Shore, but he rather people come to Snow Hill, to visit the studio and see the town. “There’s a terrific group of artists and shop owners, all helping to bring Snow Hill back,” he noted.
Need to relax and catch your breath? Just head up the hill on East Green and look for the gated walkway.
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