Inspired by Edward Hopper's Chop Suey 1929
Water Color on Pressed Paper
Dimensions: H 21.5" x W 25.5" x 1"
Reference #: A-5416
Scott's love of art was instilled in him by his mother who said "follow your dreams and do whatever it is with passion." As a young teen, his mother bought him an inexpensive set of paints and he began to turn a wet piece of paper brown by mixing the colors together. His mother laughed and said "try again, but keep the paper as dry as you can." His mother was not an artist but she was a school teacher.
Scott is recently widowed. His late husband of 36 years also encouraged him to follow his passion. The first time he told him this, it was in the context of making the best bread possible, as the two owned the Shasta Mountain Bakery. After selling the bakery, they returned to the San Francisco Bay Area where culture was bountiful.
Today Scott's oldest sister provides a supportive coach approach to helping him realize the vision he is trying to paint.
After attending a one-day basic watercolor course, Scott realized it would be more advantageous for him to learn on his own and work through the mistakes along the way, all the while enjoying the experience.
When Scott sees an image that "talks" to him, he begins to think of why and how. Then he thinks of the colors he wants to use to express the emotions he is feeling about the image. His desire is that, when others see his painting, they will also be moved by it.
Scott uses watercolor paint on 140 weight cold pressed paper. He draws out the image two times, the first being a quick drawing and the second a rough draft on the watercolor paper itself. His technique is self-taught, simple, straightforward...and pleasing to the eye.
Scott's goal as an artist is for his paintings to bring a smile to the observer, moving them to want to see more.