Adam VanHouten strives to create artworks in glowing layers of color and cultivating the artist within. He is inspired by surrounding beauty, and using his personal vision to create. Driven to have his art rooted in experimentation, he gains experience by practicing skills, developing focus and concentration, and working through failure and persevering. Art should allow the voice of the artist to shine through. He strives to use his artistic voice to show the beauty of life and the essence of what he is capturing, be it in a landscape, portrait, or still-life, through his own unique eye. He is a lifelong artist, with some of his earliest memories including art creation,and is a strong advocate for practicing his passion.
VanHouten has been plein air painting for five years, and is excited to continue for a lifetime. “Plein air painting also leads to more confident bold and beautiful brush strokes. Painting is immediate outside and completed within a time frame. This snapshot of a moment in time is reinforced by the product of the painting. Time stood still and the memory of the painting will not soon be forgotten. Each painting recalls a moment of time. Some relaxing, some anxious, some funny, some peaceful, some beautiful, and some unnerving. But each moment is a slice of life. A life of painting in Northern Michigan. I love that people see the process while painting plein air, providing them insight to a world that is usually behind a studio door. For me, engaging with the public in this way is the fun of plein air painting, while sharing my passion of art and the beauty of life with the world around me.”
Adam VanHouten received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting and Art Education from Western Michigan University and a Masters in Education from Michigan State University. He currently is a full-time visual art instructor for Traverse City Area Public Schools, and teaches a variety of workshops and classes to children and adults. Born and raised in Traverse City, he is an artist with a commitment to share his learning through his teaching and to continue to advocate for the expansion and growth of the visual arts in Northern Michigan. VanHouten works in both watercolors and oil paint both in the studio and plein air. VanHouten has won many awards, most recently Best in Show at the “Leland Air” for his artwork “Fish Tales.” The artwork was the poster for 2018 Art Leelanau Benefit and Sale at the Leland Old Art Building.