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.
“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.”