As a youngster he was, ''Captivated by the gloriously illustrated colour plates'' in the educational comic 'Look and Learn' and the artistic talents of the likes of the Embleton brothers (Gerry and Ron), Don Lawrence and Graham Cotton.
A love of all things military nurtured by his grandfathers yarns of the trenches of the Great War, encouraged reading the graphic 'war comics' so prevelant in the sixties and seventies. He spent hours copying the covers of the American style comic books 'Commando' and 'Battle' and the art of Oliver Frey and Ian Kennedy.
Leaving school after successfully completing his A levels (1974) he followed a career in the City on the London Metal Exchange. As a young clerk standing behind the ring, recording his dealers trades, he began drawing cartoons of the characters of the Exchange in the back of his clerking book. Many of whom ''did not require too much characterising,'' he recalls! As his cartoons became popular and more sought after commissions emerged. This lead to published cartoons and illustrations for advertising and magazine articles (Financial Times and Metal Bulletin and other trade press). At this time nobody retired from a metal company without a framed characature of themselves drawn and signed by ADA. The art always took a back seat as the day job became so demanding. During his young adulthood his art was purely recreational, the subject matter mainly portraying his love of the countryside and its wildlife.
Trading in metals futures took a respite in 1985 when a financial crisis in the tin market lead to a major down turn in the industry. An old business contact, introduced him to the then head of Walt Disney production company in London, who was very impressed by his cartooning talents. A franchise was negotiated and for a ''glorious year'' his job was painting Disney murals on children's walls and playrooms throughout the South of England. However, once the finanancial and metal markets recovered the allure of the 'big money' of the City did embroil him back. Another 25 odd years on he is still trading metals in the City trying to boost a ''dwindling pension pot!''
Since then he has found more time to paint and after a trip with friends to Africa has produced a series of acryllics on canvas of the African wildlife, some of which are still available for sale.
Recently introduced to oil paints by his artist friend Vincent Basham, Adrian's latest works are in that medium. Painting in his garden studio, warmed in the Winter months by a wood burning stove Adrian is currently developing a more modernist style whilst continuing to capture landscapes from the Dengie penninsular and the Lake District, Cumbria.Home
The most important piece of equipment I possess is my imagination. I enjoy recreating images of places I've visited, but it is my imagination that turns them into reality.