While studying Studio and Fine Arts at the University of Vermont (1991-1996), Adam Paul Heller took a year abroad in South Asia to be immersed in the complex art and culture of India. After completing his Bachelor’s degree, Adam spent two years of intensive study with Benedictine artist Sr. Praxedes Baxter, MFA, OSB. His studies were shaped in the setting of the rural Benedictine Abbey of Regina Laudis, in Bethlehem, CT (1996 – 1998). It was under the tutelage of Sister Baxter that Adam first began carving stone.
From 1998 – 2001 Adam apprenticed with Nicholas Benson (MacArthur Fellow, 2010) at the John Stevens Shop, Newport, Rhode Island, where he was immersed in the tradition of hand carving and brush lettering established by the Benson family. Adam now owns and operates his own carving studio in West Warwick, Rhode Island, working solo and with other artists, architects and designers to create fine art pieces and memorials throughout the United States and abroad.