Hank Murta Adams studied as a painter before turning to the medium of glass. He describes portraiture as a "venture of communication, with the sitter, the viewer and society at large." He does not create individual portraits, but uses the "theatrics of posed or imagined characters" to explore human experience. Adams's work abandons the conventional function of glass to transmit light; instead, his glass castings capture light and a sense of life within. The rough, disfigured surfaces of his works are embedded with fragments of industrial debris.