Scott was born in Chicago, where his mother and father early on encouraged his interest in Art. “I spent a lot of time in hospitals as a child and remember my mother showing me how to transform simple shapes like circles, triangles, and squares into objects like planes, helicopters, and fish. It seemed such a magical thing and made spending so much time in casts and on crutches much more bearable.”
In high school, Scott began taking life-drawing classes at the American Academy of Art under the legendary Bill Parks. “Though I’d always loved drawing, it was Mr. Parks who filled me with the enthusiasm and discipline necessary to improve my skills. His love of painting and creative expression infected us all.” After finishing the Academy, Scott continued his study at the Palette and Chisel Art club, where he met his wife, painter Susan Lyon. “It’s a wonderful thing being able to paint together all the time and grow as artists together,” Scott says.
His ideas for paintings come from everywhere. “What makes a subject attractive to me are the same things that attract us all. The beauty of a young girl, the character of a weathered face, the solitude of a farm at sunset, or even the story itself behind someone or something that makes it interesting.” Scott believes it is the job of the artist to recognize this when it happens, analyze why, and use his technical skills to convey the feeling to someone else. He notes that some paintings are as simple as stopping at the sight of something interesting, while others may take more time to research than to actually paint.
Today, Scott and Susan live in a rural area of North Carolina..
“I see painting as both a way of exploring the world and then as the vehicle of sharing those discoveries with others. I travel to find subjects to paint as much as paint so I can travel and expand my horizons. Through this unique language, one can say things that are impossible with words.”
1988 Top 100 – Arts for the Parks
1992 Senator Martin J. Butler Award – Oil Painters of America
1993 Charles Vickery Award – Oil Painters of America
1994 Grumbacher Art Award – Oil Painters of America
1994 Top 200 – Arts for the Parks
1996 Silver Medal of Honor – Second Place American Watercolor Society
1996 Award of Excellence – Oil Painters of America
1999 Artist choice award – Laguna Plein Air Painting Invitational
2001 Artist Choice award – Western Rendezvous of Art, Helena, Mt
2002 Artist Choice award – Western Rendezvous of Art, Helena, Mt
2003 Grand Prize – International 1996 Artist Magazine – Portrait/Figure completion
2003 Artist choice award Laguna Plein Air Painting Invitational
2007 Artist Choice award – Western Rendezvous of Art, Helena, Mt
2010 First Place – Portrait Society of America Competition
2011 Finalist – Portrait Society of America completion
2015 Buyers Choice Award – Prix de West Show