Art by Michelle McAdams

Welcome to McAdamations the official website of artist Michelle McAdams .  I am a self taught artist working in a variety of mediums, specializing in Colored Pencil , graphite/charcoal and Pastel. 

I grew up idolizing the well known wildlife artist Robert Bateman, and dreamed of being able to paint as beautifully as him.  I attempted to take art classes in college to pursue my interest but found that I hated art classes!  Instead I studied Wildlife Biology at Colorado State University where my love and appreciation for wildlife grew. My professional career took another path, and years later I again yearned to follow my dream of becoming an artist.  The internet offered so many more opportunities to learn different mediums and through some trial and error I found what I needed to learn on my own.  I joined ArtTutor where I learned techniques in numerous mediums.  I found that I loved Colored Pencil and Pastels, and have since focused my efforts in those mediums while throwing in graphite/charcoal on occasion.   In the future, I hope to develop my skills and branch out into acrylic and oil painting.

They say that to succeed as an artist it is best to develop a style that is recognizable.  I am still searching for that particular style as I have many interests and love drawing just about anything.  Wildlife has always been my first love and my first choice as a subject for my original works.  My daughter and I spend a great deal of time searching out and photographing critters of all sorts to use as reference photos for my work.  

My commission work began with pet portraits for family and friends.  My goal was to provide a piece of art that captured the animals personality.  Taking a quality reference photo, I am able to isolate the pet, and often I am able add a background that is much more pleasing than the original photograph.  

I was surprised later to find out that I enjoy drawing human critters as well!  I am fortunate to be commissioned by the National Collegiate Hockey Conference to draw the winners for the annual Mark Rudolph Achievement Award.

I have such a deep respect for the Military and plan to complete more  Military themed pieces in the near future.  

I just love creating art and having people enjoy what I create!