ABOUT

North Carolina landscape artist Scott Boyle is a visual explorer, a promoter of plein air painting, and the founder of the North Carolina Plein Air Painters, which organizes numerous outdoor painting events around the state each year.  Additionally, he teaches workshops and frequently speaks on subjects relating to outdoor painting.

While growing up in Indiana Scott was recognized to have unusual artistic abilities from a young age. He was fortunate to have parents who immersed him with opportunities to develop his talent with private lessons and years of study with traditional Brown County Artists in Indiana during his earlier years.

Scott moved to North Carolina in 1987, where his senses were awakened to the rich and subtle beauty of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.  He soon discovered that painting small sketches outdoors was the best way to explore the landscape.  He continues in the tradition, commonly known today as plein air painting, following after the tradition of the great 19th Century painters who used this outdoor process as an indispensable tool to produce more meaningful studio works.

Since 2006, Scott has made dozens of trips to the Roan Highlands Region, which encompasses numerous high country grassy balds along the NC/TN border.  He backpacks with his painting gear to capture the visual drama at high elevations.  During the winter, he produces large paintings in his studio from these experiences.

In 2010, Scott was included in the historical Blue Ridge Realists artist group whose work focuses on Western North Carolina scenes. 

Scott currently lives in rural Gaston County, North Carolina with his wife, Esther.

 


ARTIST STATEMENT

 

“I consider myself a visual explorer of the effects of light upon our world.  There is no better way of doing this than for an artist to take his paints outdoors to study these fleeting effects of light upon the landscape and its subjects. This approach to study nature has kept me captivated for years and I’m not sure I will ever get over it! This is the energy and inspiration that I transfer to my larger studio paintings. I would call myself a realist and impressionist. It is not my desire to paint every leaf and blade of grass for the camera is a better slave for that type of work. I want to create a painting that captures the essence of the scene with the feeling of that day with its weather, light, and mood, with a particular focus on my state of North Carolina and its mountains.

I am on a continual journey of study and investigation, through art history, artist books, and art museum visits through out the United States. Some of my favorite artists of the past are: Frits Thaulow, Claude Monet, Henry O Tanner, T. C. Steele, Winslow Homer, George Inness, Sir George Clausen, Edgar Payne and the early California Painters, The Russian Impressionists, Pennsylvania Impressionists, and Historic Brown County Artists.  I admire many great landscape painters today, too numerous to count.

Life as a painter is an endless challenge to explore the world visually; my passion is for the one who created it and that my work might bring glory to God and reflect His creativity.”

My spiritual journey.....Read

 


ARTIST RESUME

 

Honors & Awards

2015 2nd Place NC Open Plein Air Festival Salisbury, NC
2014 1st Place Fall Plein Air Day Mt. Vale Vineyards Galax, VA
2012 Third Place Banner Elk Plein Air Competition Banner Elk, NC
2010 2nd Place Banner Elk Plein Air Competition Banner Elk, NC
2009 Best of Show 17th Annual Miniature Show Germanton Gallery, NC
2009 Second Place Banner Elk Plein Air Competition Banner Elk, NC
2009 Third Place & HM, Spring Plein Air Competition Mooresville Artists Guild, NC
2008 Finalist, Landscape Contest Feb-Mar Issue 59 International Artist Magazine
2007 Shirl Smithson Memorial Scholarship OPA, IL
2007 2nd Place,  1st Annual TRAC Paint Out Toe River Arts Council, NC
2006 Honorable Mention,  “A Natural View” Exhibit Gaston County Art Guild, NC
2005 1st Place,  Old Trucks and Art in the Park Cherryville, NC
2005 Jury’s Top Fifty,  Salon International Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, TX
2004 1st Place,  Observer Juried Exhibit Guild of Charlotte Artists, NC

Selected Exhibitions

2015 Plein Air Painters of the Southeast Exhbit, St. Simonds Island, GA        
2015 Group Exhibit – Art Cellar Gallery, Banner Elk, NC
2014 Group Exhibit, Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC                                        
2014 Art on the Green Plein Air Exhibit Cashiers, NC
2013 American Impressionists Socity - Exhibit, Charleston, SC                               
2012 Blue Ridge Realists - Group Exhibit Hickory Museum of Art, NC
2012 Annual Southeast Invitational Miniature Show Germanton Gallery, NC
2012 PAP-SE Group Exhibit, Smith-Killian Gallery Charleston, SC
2012 Art on the Green Plein Air Exhibit Cashiers, NC
2011 19th Annual Southeast Invitational Miniature Show Germanton Gallery, NC
2011 Western NC Plein Air Painters Exhibit Museum of Natural Hist. Raleigh, NC
2011 Painting NC Plein Air Exhibit Germanton Gallery, NC
2010 American Impressionist Society 11th Annual National Ex. Nashville, TN
2010 WNCPAP Group Exhibit, 16 Patton Gallery - Asheville, NC                             
2010 North Carolina Artists Exhibit, Juried Exhibit Raleigh, NC
2009 Annual Southeast Invitational Miniature Show Germanton Art Gallery, NC
2009 Art of the Blue Ridge Realists, Group Exhibit Gaston History Museum, NC
2009 Banner Elk Plein Air Paint Out & Sale The Art Cellar, NC
2009 Carolinas Salon des Refuses Elder Gallery, NC
2009 Annual Plein Air Show  Group Show Germanton Art Gallery, NC
2008 Annual Southeast Invitational Miniature Show Germanton Art Gallery, NC
2008 OPA Eastern Regional Juried Exhibit Richland Fine Art Gallery, Nashville, TN
2008 Annual Indiana Heritage Arts Juried Exhibit Brown County Art Museum, IN
2008 17th Annual OPA National Juried Exhibit Dana Gallery, Missoula, MT
2008 Salon International Juried Exhibit Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, TX
2008 Annual North Carolina Artists Juried Exhibit Raleigh Fine Arts Society, NC
2007 Annual Southeast Invitational Miniature Show Germanton Art Gallery, NC
2007 "Color Harmony and Balance"   Two Man Show The Frame Gallery, NC
2007 25th Annual Artoberfest   Juried Exhibit Mooresville Artists Guild, NC
2007 "Plein Air Perspectives"   Group Show The Art Cellar, NC
2007 Salon International   Juried Exhibit Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, TX
2007 Miniature Fine Art Show   Group Show Artistic Designs Gallery, IN
2007 Annual Plein Air Show   Group Show Germanton Art Gallery, NC
2007 "A Natural View"   Juried Exhibit Gaston County Art Guild, NC
2006 Annual Southeast Invitational Miniature Show Germanton Art Gallery, NC
2006 Queens University   Juried Exhibit Guild of Charlotte Artists, NC
2006 25th Anniversary   Group Show The Frame Gallery, NC
2006 OPA Eastern Regional   Juried Exhibit Brazier Fine Art, VA
2006 Annual "Thing With Wings"   Group Show Germanton Art Gallery, NC
2006 82nd Annual Hoosier Salon   Juried Exhibit Indiana State Museum, IN
2006 Annual Indiana Heritage Arts   Juried Exhibit Brown County Art Museum, IN
2006 Salon International   Juried Exhibit Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, TX
2006 Annual Plein Air Show   Group Show Germanton Art Gallery, NC
2006 "A Natural View"   Juried Exhibit Gaston County Art Guild, NC
2005 Annual Southeast Invitational Miniature Show Germanton Art Gallery, NC
2005 "Reflections"   Solo Show The Frame Gallery, NC
2005 81st Annual Hoosier Salon   Juried Exhibit Indiana State Museum, IN
2005 Salon International   Juried Exhibit Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, TX
2005 Annual Plein Air Show   Group Show Germanton Art Gallery, N

Publications

2008 International Artist Magazine   Landscape Painting published in Feb-Mar Issue as Top Finalist Winner

Artist Workshops Attended

2007 Marc Hanson Taylor's Falls, MN
2005 T. Allen Lawson Rockport, ME
2004 Scott Christensen Jackson Hole, WY

Gallery Representation                                                                                                             

Art Cellar- Banner Elk, NC                                                 Germanton Art Gallery - Germanton, NC