Robert Adams attended the Art Institute of Boston and spent 2 more years studying drawing and painting at the San Francisco Art Institute, also delving into ceramics and paint finishes. In order to frame his work, he got a job at a frame shop and eventually opened one of his own.
Working with wood and tools inspired his interest in making 3 dimensional works of his own. He has been in many ACC (American Craft Council) exhibitions and has shown in galleries across the country. He sources ideas from folk art, antique furniture and vintage objects, the hidden layers of paint and wear always speaking to him. His works consistently showcase his reverence for early folk traditions.