We are excited to announce our newest artist to our Crystal Creatives group…..
Artist bio: In 1969, Blythe Scott was born in Glasgow, Scotland. Being the daughter of two art teachers, it was very natural that Blythe should attend Art School herself, understanding that the creative journey would be a valuable and even essential journey in itself. It was during her daily journey to the Glasgow School of Art, that she began to notice the beauty of Glasgow’s Victorian architecture. The wrought iron detailing, the stained glass, the blond and red sandstone structures, all exuded a wealth of decoration and form on an imposing scale. Spending each day on the sixth floor of the Art School, she had the opportunity to survey the cohesive and inspiring architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the moody, ever-changing city skyline. The slate-covered roof tiles and domes she looked down upon, which were often glazed with rain, were to leave their mark and inspire an endless enquiry into architecture and the urban environment. At the same time, she further fed her appetite for beautiful cities by travelling as often and as widely as she could. Deepening her obsession for architecture and cityscape. While Glasgow offered a great deal of source material. Foreign cities seemed bathed in dazzling colour and light by comparison. Blythe graduated in 1991 with an honours degree and then in 1997, she achieved a post graduate with distinction in Art & Design Education from Strathclyde University. Since then, she has travelled to and lived in various cities around the world and has worked as a decorative artist, gallery artist, gallery assistant and a passionate teacher of adults and children. Most of her time is spent working with watercolour, acrylics, mixed media and collage, underpinned with rigorous drawing on a variety of scales. She also produces signed, open and limited edition prints, based upon the cities she knows well. Her work is in private and corporate collections in North America, the UK, mainland Europe and Australia.
Artist’s Statement: My work is about place. I am curious about places I have never been and nostalgic about those I know well. The dynamism, the movement and the sensations of a place are what I wish to convey and so my pieces are emotional responses to subject matter rather than literal interpretations. A personal connection to a place is what informs the energy of my line, the elimination or emphasis of detail and the subjective colour that I use.
Rarely content to use only one medium, I have always enjoyed the inventive process of mixing materials. Just as a linguist may blend words from different languages to best expressive himself, a mixed media artist hopes to make a stronger and richer statement by mixing materials and techniques. It is important to me to have a strong technical understanding but it is equally important to me to challenge convention.
Colour and surface qualities that interact with light add life to a 2D surface. However, it is ultimately drawing that is my anchor for expression and communication. For me, conviction of line and a wide repertoire of mark-making add more emotional content to my pieces than any other visual element.
As a very young art student, a daily journey through the architecturally rich and decorative streets of Glasgow’s city centre etched my mind with elaborate Victorian stained glass and tiling, curly wrought iron details and the weathered textures and varied palette found in stone and slate.
Extensive travel has deepened my fascination with the urban environment, the language of architecture and the fading glamour of European cities in particular. Cities are where I feel edified, alive and inspired. They feed me visually.
Moving to Victoria BC in 2012 has encouraged me to look at architecture in relation to the surrounding natural environment. Many of my pieces are now more about the context than about the buildings themselves.
Each journey and each painting informs the next. I see painting as an endless debate and development of ideas. Therefore, even although I work in themed collections, I will often go full circle and revisit subject matter. When I do this though, I am bringing my changed self to an older context to produce something new.
Above all, I would like to present places in an optimistic light, convey hope and share my experience of finding beauty in the world.’
Blythe Scott – Artist