Born in Fairfield County, Connecticut, my family relocated to Maine in my early teens, and I attended Waynflete School. After graduation I was accepted to Semester at Sea where I circumnavigated the globe, visited nine countries, and discovered my passion for art. I visited local artists in Venezuela, Brazil, South Africa, Kenya, India, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Japan, and collected sculptures, woodcarvings, paintings, and masks. During these stopovers I made it a point to talk to the artists to understand their perspectives and motivations for creating their work. I studied their techniques. These experiences gave me the confidence and inspiration to use and experiment with these various processes while encouraging and kindling my creativity to develop my own. But art would have to wait a few years. Following Semester at Sea and graduating college, I moved to California to pursue a career as an actor. I studied at the famous Groundlings School and appeared in films, commercials, and print ads. I even had the distinct honor to work alongside Robin Williams on the film “Flubber.” Yet Maine remained in my heart, and its rocky shores and incredible creative energy kept calling to me. So I moved back home where I’ve settled in with my wife, Karen, and twins, Kendra and Alex. It is here I feel the most alive, grounded and at calm artistically. I have kindled my desire to create art that is inspired by the color and movement of the ever-changing Maine land and seascape.
PAINTING IS STORYTELLING
I am a bi-coastal artist both here in Maine, as well as Palm Springs California. The art I create is abstract expressionism. My process is deeply rooted in emotion; I believe that colors intrinsically represent different emotions. We all hold this inner palette of colors within ourselves. When we allow ourselves to become extremely sensitive and attuned to our inner world as well as to our surroundings, and yet stay strong, confident, and true, we can experience all these beautiful color explosions of emotion. This is part of the process and purpose of living. I’ve often referred to the canvas as an open stage where an improvisational act will take place. I use this metaphor only because it resonates with me, as I was an actor before becoming a painter. When you’re on the stage, you don’t know what is going to happen, and there’s a certain feeling that goes along with that. For me, that feeling is a color. It’s highly charged energy, the unknown expression of where this experience might lead. It’s also a very vulnerable place, but one that’s perfect for creation. The choices of color, texture, application, and composition are inherent, deliberate, palpable, bold, and, most important, honest about the emotional experience of the moment. –Scott Bowe