It is easy to see why Scott Royston’s painting; “He Got Game” won Best of Show at the NOAPS Best of America Exhibition 2016 at the Addison Gallery in Massachusetts. The painting is stunningly vibrant, perfectly executed, and hits every note for a true masterpiece. Among Scott’s many honors and distinctions, he considers this award from NOAPS his greatest achievement to date.
“He Got Game” 26×22, Best of Show, NOAPS Best of America 2016
Collection of the Artist.
Scott’s interest in art began as a child, and continued throughout his education both in public school and at the Baltimore School for the Arts. His art education continued at the Schuler School of Fine Arts completing his Graduate Year in 1999. Since graduating his extensive resume reflects an artist truly committed to excellence in his craft, with many distinguished awards, including Signature status with NOAPS and Master Signature status with the Oil Painters of America.
“Freedom’s Colors” 36×24, Private Collection
Scott has had many positive influences in his art career, including middle school teacher Mr. Heil, the Schuler School which taught him “how to paint”, and OPA member Joyce Pike. He cites Old Master artists William Harnett, Jan Van Huysum and other Dutch painters for his inspiration, but above all, his inspiration and dedication to his art are a direct result of his deep Christian faith and commitment to that faith.
Scott’s working process starts with an idea, one that inspires him, that is unique and often sends a message. He works directly from life, starting with a detailed drawing to scale. He carefully measures everything at this stage, and then continues with an underpainting. His colors are often more intense than he sees in life, giving the viewer a heightened sense of his reality.
“Simple Splendor”, 14×11, Private Collection
Scott’s message to aspiring artists and experienced artists alike is simple, humble and of utmost importance: “Hone in on your drawing skills. Take every amount of mentoring you can get. Be a sponge…absorb, learn, and take it in.”
For more information on Scott Royston, visit his home page at www.scottroyston.com.
To see thumbnails of the “Best of America” 2016 exhibit, visit www.noaps.org and go to “Best of America” page.