Adrienne was born in Seaford, DE and attended the University of Delaware. Here, she received her BFA in Painting in 2004. In 2005 she moved to Maryland to attended MICA (the Maryland Institute College of Art). At MICA, she earned her Master of Arts in Teaching in 2007. Since that time, Adrienne has been a public school art teacher in Anne Arundel County, MD and is currently a high school Art department chairperson. She is now creating and exhibiting her work on the east and west coasts.
I have always been drawn to realism. When I started my BFA, I thought that I might focus on portraiture. A portrait can express emotions, hopes, dreams, secrets, and desires. It can pass on and share these feelings to the viewer. As I was instructed in painting, I obtained a greater appreciation for still life. With still life, the painter is in ultimate control of the objects, the lighting, and the environment (as much control as an artist can be that is). The still life artist is challenged with communicating a story or a message through the arrangement of objects. What should the subject be? What shall be the vehicle through which emotion and story shall be communicated? I have never had much interest in painting what I always thought of as the typical still life subjects: flowers and other "pretty" things. The skulls found in some vanitas paintings are more interesting, but mortality and the constant reminder of death is not the subject that I wish to focus on.
Maybe my interest in portraiture brought me to the toys. The toys take the place of "real" people. My paintings are still life portraits. Each toy is a unique being. As I set them up, they start to tell me their stories. Sometimes their stories are humorous, mysterious, dark, joyous, vane; just like all of our stories.