J. Adam McGalliard

Hi! Meet Adam McGalliard. We met because of this “Have You Met” series. I was a bit early to a meeting I had at CUBE NODA. He was there working in his studio space. I took my early arrival as an opportunity to meet someone new. Turns out he’s pretty freaking awesome. I asked him five random questions. Amber who I intro’d you to yesterday asked him one.

What is your passion?

I have a number of them. I would say on the top of the list is creativity in general. More specifically just painting in oil. I’ve been painting in oil since high school which is quite a few years.

What is your greatest indulgence?

Just in general, coffee is my addiction. It’s something I enjoy but it also fuels my creativity and keeps me going through work and through the day. It’s a nice way to wake up. I’ll usually go to Amelie’s across the street from here or Common Market in Plaza Midwood since I live near there.

What frustrates you?

I think at the moment in this city what I’ve run into because I grew up in this area, then went to undergrad and grad school in New York and then came back is that things have changed a lot. There are a lot of things that have developed. There’s more dance. There’s more coffee shops. There’s more theatre. There’s a whole uptown area that didn’t exist. What frustrates me is that it’s still lacking in terms of what I consider to be a gallery gallery and at least a cohesive visual arts scene. There’s a little bit around 22 and a few others place but it’s not quite there yet. We are getting there. I know we’ll get there.

If I gave you $10,000 right now what would you do with it?

With $10,000. I would probably do some renovations to my studio. Really get it up to where I’d like it be. Then just upgrades to this space in general so it’d be more open to other people.

What is your hardest trial and how did you overcome it?

I think picking up and moving to New York not really knowing anyone. I went to grad school so I did know people through that but gradually those people came and went. I stuck around for another 10 years and basically had an entire other life. It’s a great city but it’s tough to make it there. As trials do, I’d say it also formed a lot of who I am.

*Amber’s question: If you had a superpower what would it be?

The Midas Touch though I could turn it off and on.

Check out his work or contact him through his site here. Also go visit him at CUBE NODA. His studio space is sweet.

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