Adele trained as a painter at Newcastle University and the Slade School of Fine Art.
She has been shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize and the BP Portrait Award, and her work has been exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery, Royal West of England Academy, the Canadian Portrait Academy and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Following on from her graduation from the Slade School of Art, where she focused on working from the nude in sustained poses, her practice continues to look at the human figure and still life.
Adele teaches at Putney School of Art & Design, West Dean College and the Royal Academy of Arts.
She has written two books Painting Still life in Oils 2012 and Painting the Nude 2015, both published by the Crowood Press.