Internationally renowned artist Lindsay Scott is acclaimed for her dynamic and precise oil paintings and her exquisitely detailed pencil drawings, all of which convey the drama and spirit of African and North American wildlife. Born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) Lindsay spent her youth watching wildlife and learning to survive in the bush. With a background as an illustrator, a botanical researcher and a biologist, Lindsay is an avid observer of nature.
Scott’s works reflect her close study of animal life, conveying a candid sense of firsthand experience while capturing intimate emotional moments. She began to draw at an early age, and her skills were recognized by a high school art teacher, who encouraged her to pursue art as a career. Accordingly, she moved to Capetown, South Africa, to attend the Michealis School of Fine Art. At that time, the school was emphasizing abstract art, and the representational work that interested Scott was discouraged. She therefore supplemented her studies by taking courses in botany, biology and zoology and doing field sketched of plants and wildlife.
Scott transferred to the University of Minnesota, where she earned a degree in fine art and minored in biology. On her return to South Africa, Lindsay became a botanical researcher at the University of Cape Town and a curator of paleobotany and ornithology at the South African museum where she led natural history field trips throughout Africa and Antarctica. She spent fourteen months in Australia researching bird behavior for the National Geographic Society. Lindsay recorded her observations on numerous sketch pads.
In 1984, when one of Lindsay's drawings was chosen for Birds In Art, the prestigious annual exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin, she decided to devote her full attention to art.
"I don't think of painting objects but rather painting the light as it reflects from them. And I do this by using a very limited palette, just eight basic colors with the occasional addition of a few others, and I mix the same colors for both the subject and the environment….If every color somehow shows a touch of the other colors in a piece, everything comes together - subject, background and especially the light."
Represented by galleries in:
Rimrock Gallery, Prineville, OR