Raised by a fisherman and crabber, Adams examines his own relationship to the ocean as a cartographer of experience and place. Adams takes the energy of necessitated action and combines it with an invitation to simply stop and consider. Merrick Adams is a Los Angeles-based painter and printmaker originally from Virginia. His works examine our experiences of space and environment, as well as nuanced explorations of person and psyche. Highly regarded for both his figuration and abstraction, Adams’s works tread the complex space where they intersect, sometimes alluding to figure and form with only the slightest gesture. Adams holds a B.F.A. in printmaking, and a M.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design.