Scott M. Dwyer, b. 1972, Washington D.C.

Scott appreciates the challenge and elation that goes into making a piece of art. To an untrained eye, the tasks are masked by the simplicity and beauty of outcome; to those that study, practice, fail, and persevere, the success represents so much more - it represents the enormity of something bigger that culminates inside of a picture frame.

While considered an artist, Scott understands and respects the other titles he wears with pride. Husband, father, and finance professional quickly come to mind. After graduating with a Bachelor of Finance degree, Scott pursued a career in higher education financial administration and later obtained his MBA. It is clear that throughout his life, the quest for knowledge, acceptance of challenge, and the pursuit of the uncharted have been Scott’s hallmarks. He constantly looks for ways to make himself more educated, well-rounded, and cultural, each in an effort to make his life more meaningful. The journey towards becoming an artist is no exception.

Through competing demands, Scott finds solace in the evenings and weekends that provide precious focused time to devote to his craft. He spends that time in a combination of balanced learning and practice. When not at the easel, his artistic education is focused on a litany of art education books, magazines, and digital media. Well-thumbed books and frequently-viewed educational DVDs are only a few of the resources he uses to learn at his own pace. Those physical assets are augmented with online exploration of other artists’ work, attendance at lectures and demonstrations, and exploring galleries whenever possible. This package of educational opportunities complements his self-guided approach to art education, relying on recognized professionals that are willing to share their experience and knowledge. For any and all of the above, he is eternally grateful.

As much as Scott understands education provides the foundation for understanding, he is keenly aware that true artistic growth mainly happens behind the brush. Principles of composition, value, color, edge, temperature, and texture culminate in Scott’s impressionistic approach. In particular, he is drawn to the use of broken color and how it takes on a more complex and brilliant visual image seen at a slight distance. Through that process, he has come to love the allure of the brushstroke and how different applications create a variety of visual aspects. Through plein air studies and finished studio pieces, Scott’s artwork continues to advance through exploration and practice of technique. He continually strives for artistic growth.

After a childhood spent in suburban Maryland, Scott now resides in Hillsborough, North Carolina with his wife and two sons. Their contact is his most important influence and source of inspiration.


Awards and Recognition

  • 2018 - "Breaking Wave" and "Blackwood Farm Barn" accepted into show 36th Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale in conjunction with the 2018 North Carolina Azalea Festival , Wilmington, NC
  • 2018 - "Big Bald Afternoon" accepted into juried show "Resolutions 2018" at Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, Hillsborough, NC
  • 2016 - "Gold Park Trestle" accepted into juried show "Resolutions 2016" at Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, Hillsborough, NC
  • 2015 - "Dunes Sunset" and "Japanese Maple" accepted into the juried plein-air show "In the Landscape" at Waterworks Visual Arts, Salisbury, NC
  • 2015 - "On Campus" awarded Honorable Mention in the Jerry's Artarama Lukas Annual Competition