James Adam Reinhard grew up in Salem, VA where he began his art studies in the International Baccalaureate Diploma program at Salem High School. He attended the University of Virginia as a Jefferson Scholar, where in 2007, he earned a BA in Studio Art and Music. During his time at UVA, he traveled to the European Union on two separate grants to paint architecture in various cities. After a fifth year of study at the University of Virginia as an Aunspaugh Fellow, Adam was accepted as a Presidential Scholar at the Savannah College of Art and Design where he earned a MFA in painting in 2010. During his time at SCAD, he concentrated heavily on figure painting, which resulted in a body of work exploring the concept of "blame", and how that manifests itself in our personal relationships as well as politics. These paintings continue to visually address pressing issues present in daily life and current events.
Returning to the Roanoke Valley after graduate school, Adam earned his Virginia teaching license while enrolled in the MAT program at Hollins University, and moved to Washington, DC to teach art in high school and middle school for five years. In August of 2017, Adam moved to Charlottesville, VA, where he continues to teach and paint.