Scott FitzGerald started his art career when his first grade teacher bought one of his drawings for $1.00, but was fined $2.00 when he carved a picture on his wooden desk. He received his Master’s Degree in Arts from California State University Fullerton, and went on to teach drawing and printmaking for 2 years at the university.
During his college years, Scott focused his study in contemporary art and photography, creating mixed media works often with social comments. It was not until the sophomore year, he discovered the traditional art of etching in his printmaking class. Immediately, he embraced the complex and difficult technical process of making prints from etching on copper plates. After toiling through the long process and risking the plate in acid bath which could destroy the image in a few minutes, pulling off a complete print from the press is simply magical to Scott.
Accepting the challenges and risks most of the artists avoid, Scott FitzGerald established himself as a prominent printmaker in the next few years. With a strong interest in history, he accepted a commission to produce a series of etching depicting 15 Orange County historical landmarks. Besides producing very intricate prints in various sizes, he has engaged in many special projects. He worked with renowned English printer John Randle to produce a group of etchings illustrating Robert Louis Stevenson’s “A Child’s Garden of Verses” at Whittington Press of England. He has also collaborated on a project with science fiction writer Ray Bradbury.
While having a successful career as a printmaker, Scott extended his creative energy to oil painting. He dedicated himself full time to paint a few years later. “After many years of microscopic work on metal plates, the fluidity of paint is exhilarating,” commented Scott. While enjoying the freedom and spontaneity of painting, he further extended his unique experience by building up as many as five separate layers of paints creating rich texture and images with surprising depth. His work has often been compared to the paintings of the Hudson River School and the American luminists. Scott is saluted as an artist with the vision of a romantic and the craft of an old master.
Beginning in 2012, Scott has been refocusing on his long time interests in scientific discoveries as well as mechanical and electronic devices. He has developed his drawing techniques in a unique style. The continuous silver line drawing of imaginative machines on black plates are based on his studies and inspired by many scientific developments.
To see some of Scott’s earlier work, click on the galleries below:
For more information, email Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.