This is the second in a three-part feature. The interview in its entirety can be found throughout the month of November in the Featured Artist link to the right.
Please tell us a bit about your general work process
I retired from doing any commercial artwork years ago so I could concentrate totally on my fine art. We built a studio on the upper floor of our home that I share with my wife Lori who is a painter and jeweler. The beauty of a studio in your own home is you can work whenever you want. I have a strong work ethic, a lot of ideas and enough shows to keep me busy all the time.
What about your work do you enjoy the most?
The process of creating a painting. This process has changed since I moved away from Photorealism. When painting that direction I would start with a predetermined image and composition and fill in the shapes and colors. There was still a lot challenge and decision-making in this process in terms of color, shading and accentuation of details.
Now I work in a different manner. I start with a main image or group of images and allow the composition to grow as I paint. This is a more abstract method, where marks or images are put down on the canvas and then the next element is added, in an intuitive manner, as a reaction to what was placed before. The ultimate direction of the painting grows as it proceeds until I feel it is finished. This process is more liberating and for me much more enjoyable.
And dislike the most?
The business end of fine art is the least enjoyable but necessary. I have to take good quality photos of everything I produce and keep an inventory of the title, medium, size, date and availability. This is mandatory if you are showing work in galleries and exhibitions.
What advice would you give to other artists or budding artists?
Follow what you believe in and enjoy the most. Trends are transitory so be careful when you select a direction. Today art styles are all over the map, literally and figuratively. We now have a world market and the Internet provides access to much of it. Develop a personal style but don’t be afraid to change it when it no longer feels inspiring. I have practiced many different styles of painting in my career and each has influenced the other.
Scott McIntire’s work can be found here:
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