In 2001, after 22 years as a magazine designer, Scott left the computer to go outside and paint. He soon discovered that nature never fails to reward and challenge an artist: constantly changing colors, light, and atmosphere. Cold and wind. And bugs.
He practices an approach to plein air painting that centers around the “prismatic palette,” a color theory with roots in fin de siecle France. He studied with Joseph Paquet in St. Paul, who had trained under John Phillip Osborne at the Ridgewood Art Institute in New Jersey. Osborne’s philosophy came from his training with Arthur Maynard, who learned under Frank Vincent Dumond, a renowned artist/teacher at the Art Students League in New York. Dumond had studied in the classical tradition at the Academie Julian in France, and was influenced by the new Impressionist ideas regarding color and light. Upon returning to America, Dumond taught in Old Lyme, Connecticut, which became a magnet for American landscape painters.