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, Patagonia, Fuel TV, Timberland Boot Co., Tonka, Quiksilver, Adidas, Mervin Mfg.

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. A few hundred graphics and almost five years later, Haynes moved back to the Cascades and started Skickfort Studio. His first breakout job was courtesy of Portland’s Nemo Design, who employed him as the principle illustrator for Nike 6.0.

Haynes has produced yearly board graphics for Gnu Snowboards, a few animated spots of his own artwork, as well as creative for Smith, Backcountry Magazine, Red Bull, Pirelli Tires—the list goes on. He’s still painting and still getting inspired by  and forest rambles.

- Written by a friend, the talented JenniferSherowski.com


Adam Haynes - Finding Balance from Adam Haynes on Vimeo.