ADAM SCOTT GRIMM
Jane Grimm was very pleased when
her three-year-old son, Adam, would spend two or three hours
each day drawing. It kept Adam out of much of the trouble
that three-year-olds get into around the house. He drew anything
which attracted his interest: cars, buildings, dragons, etc.
Little did she realize that drawing and painting would become
When he was approximately seven
years old, he took an interest in martial arts and divided
his free time between the two "arts". By the time
he was thirteen he had reached the zenith in martial arts
by earning his black belt. It was also the age at which he
first sold a drawing.
The thought of actually making
a living by creating paintings of wildlife was intoxicating.
He began exhibiting at local art and craft shows and did so
well that it became difficult to keep up with the demand.
During those formative years,
Adam's father, Leonard, took him hunting and fishing whenever
he could and taught his young son to appreciate, understand,
and respect all things in nature. The wonderful experiences
Adam had in the field convinced him to concentrate on wildlife
as the subjects for his art.
In 1988 the National Rifle Association
held its first annual Youth Wildlife Art Contest. Nine-year-old
Adam entered a sketch of a mountain lion and received an honorable
mention. Four years later he placed third in this age category
for his rendering of a wood duck. In 1993, at the age of 15,
he won the overall blue ribbon. He followed up with a win
in 1995 and again in 1996. Also in 1996 he placed fourth in
the Junior Duck Stamp Contest sponsored by the U.S. Fish and
Winning the Federal Duck Stamp
Contest had been a goal for Adam for as long as he could remember.
In November, 1999, his dream came true. After a tie-breaking
vote, Adam's design of a mottled duck emerged as the winner,
and at age 21 he became the youngest artist to win the coveted
award. (Adam was born on August 5, 1978 in Elyria, Ohio.)
Adam doesn't collect any specific
category of items. He collects whatever he thinks, in his
words, "is neat". His grandfather, who was a major
influence in his life, collected civil war memorabilia, and
amassed an extensive collection. He gave Adam some choice
pieces which he treasures and has displayed in his room.
His passion for hunting is nearly
equaled by his desire to fish. So far, his fishing has been
confined to freshwater lakes, including the Great Lakes, rivers,
and farm ponds. Although he hasn't had the opportunity to
do any saltwater fishing yet, it is definitely in his plans
for the future.
Adam is a dedicated hunter and
long-standing member of the NRA and Ducks Unlimited. Although
he supports other conservation organizations, he credits the
NRA and DU with helping him the most. After wining the contest,
he showed his support for the NRA by wearing his membership
pin to the official functions required by the contest rules.
Maggie is a five-year-old black
Labrador retriever who has the good fortune of belonging to
Adam Grimm. She travels with him whether it's ducks or upland
game. Adam laughs when he tells this story:
We were duck hunting and Maggie
was tied to a large log - about 10 feet long and 6 inches
in diameter - so that she wouldn't break when the guns were
fired. But shots were fired and a wounded mallard drake was
on the water. Maggie broke and, taking the log with her, hit
the water and swam after the crippled duck, snagging a few
decoys on the log along the way. She chased the duck to the
other side of the lake, made the retrieve on land and swam
back; log, decoys, duck, and all.