Scotty Peek lives in Columbia, SC and teaches Art at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School. Prior to joining the Heathwood faculty, Scotty was an Assistant Professor of Art at South Carolina State University, held positions from Preparator to Assistant Director at several South Carolina Museums and Galleries, and taught art courses part-time at the University of South Carolina and Midlands Technical College. He received his Master’s in Fine Arts from the University of South Carolina in 2000 and his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Austin Peay State University (TN) in 1995. Scotty was included in the 2004 Triennial at the South Carolina State Museum and was one of four artists selected for 701 Center for Contemporary Art’s inaugural 2008 exhibit.
I enjoy the visual study of an object or a scene. Sometimes the subject is chosen for its meaning or significance and sometimes simply because I find it visually interesting. In all cases though, the paintings are depictions of my interests within my surroundings. Most, whenever possible, are painted from direct observation…from life.
Concerning technique, I appreciate the marks within a work of art, including the initial mistakes and other struggles left visible even as the representational image gets more clarified.
I enjoy the challenge and the work of depicting life through line and paint, but never finishing it so realistically that the evidence of the process is lost. I often stop or return a painting to the point that brushstrokes and lines start to convey reality, but are still easily recognizable as gestural marks.
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