From Scott's Perspective
Forest Hill, MD 21050
Self portrait - "After My Workout"
About Scott McClelland
I am a Maryland artist, using acrylic paints to create original landscapes, and portraits of people and pets. Much of my work is done on a commissioned basis, especially around the Christmas Holiday season.
I began my art career when my kids were little. We enjoyed the family activity of painting on glass Christmas balls during the holidays, using craft paints, which dry quickly, and clean-up with water. It was a lot of fun, and has proven to be the stuff of great memories. Some of my most prized possessions hang on my tree each year, and were created by my children.
A few years back, I painted a Christmas ball with a portrait of my friend's new baby, and gave it to her as a gift. The next thing I knew, I was receiving orders from other people asking me to create gifts for their loved ones. Using fine brushes, I am able to produce an accurate rendering of my subjects. It's very painstaking, and detailed, and I typically use a reference photo that I receive via text.
Then, some of my customers asked me if I did larger formats. So, I started doing canvases, and it quickly became a year round pursuit. At the same time, I retired from my old job as a sales rep, and I'm devoting my attention to painting.
I am an avid outdoorsman, and I love to depict the outdoor experience, which explains why most of the paintings I've done for my own personal satisfaction tend to be landscapes I am fascinated by the interplay between light and shadows, and how it creates depth. I love the way lighting conditions change throughout the day, throughout the seasons, and with different weather.
Whenever possible, and as long as by doing so I keep a sound composition, I enjoy adding people to create landscape-portraits. Thus, I am always on the look out for customers who are interested in documenting themselves as they are engaging in their favorite hobbies, such as fishing, hunting, golfing, etc. I am comfortable creating "studio" paintings and those done en Plein Aire.
To add a bit of insight into my sense of humor, I have also begun to include a healthy dose of surrealism into some of my landscapes.
I don't aim for photo realism, although I'm often told that my work looks like a photograph.
I simply render my subjects as I see them, through my own perspective.
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