Born a dreamer, Scott Boyle has always been fascinated by the view outside and the world of possibilities. From a very young age, he was noticed to have exceptional drawing abilities. His parents later afforded him art instruction while growing up in Indiana. He received weekly lessons for 10 years by Indiana Brown County artists, which were positive and impactful influence during his formative years. While art captured Scott’s attention during his youth and would seem to become a normal way of life, he always had one eye on the sky with a fascination of flying. At the age of 17 he took his first flying lesson to check out the view from above. Totally captured by that experience, Scott became an airline pilot at the age of 22. Although his budding art career seemed to be in the holding pattern, the creative dreamer began to emerge again as he matured.
After moving to the beautiful state of North Carolina, Scott began to paint again in his late thirties. Armed with the ability to travel he began taking workshops and visiting art museums around the country. One of the greatest renaissances to his art has been the discovery of painting outdoors, known today as plein air painting. Since 2005, Scott has been organizing paint out events with friends, which has now grown to become the North Carolina Plein Air Painters (NCPAP). He is also an active member of the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast (PAP-SE) and the Blue Ridge Realists.
Today, Scott’s main focus is to paint the southern Appalachian landscape of North Carolina and to share the incredible outdoor beauty he finds with others.
Scott, and his wife Esther, live in rural Gaston County of North Carolina.
“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.”