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, ESPN, Fuel TV, Timberland Boot Co., Tonka, Quiksilver, Adidas, Mervin Mfg., and local beermaker Deschutes Brewery. However, Haynes refreshes his creative coffee cup several times a year with solo art shows at galleries up and down the West Coast.
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.
A few hundred 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, an animated spot of his own artwork for Fuel TV, as well as creative for Wired Magazine, the USFS, Ronix Wakeboards—the list goes on. He’s still painting and still getting inspired by road trips and forest rambles.