Scott Lance is a versatile artist with one foot in the digital age and one foot in the traditional world of art. His unique perspective draws from the old masters techniques and adds tools from modern technology. He makes the point often that the word digital comes from digits or fingers, and ultimately from the mind and heart of the artist. The artist’s hand expresses the vision of the artist in unique ways. As an example, Scott uses photography which is his second favorite medium to enhance his first love which is oil painting. Scott carefully crafts a photograph which in itself is a work of art and uses it as a reference or model for his realistic oil paintings. He notes that the true subject of both painting and photography is light. Therefore the artist expresses how light falls upon an object, illuminates the subject and directs the eye to areas of importance. The lack of light or shadow helps create form and solidity and obscures detail, guiding the eye of the viewer and providing a yin to the yang of the light. So whether Scott is working with oil paint that he grinds himself, or sketching with charcoal as he lays out a mural, or drawing on a napkin or iPad or Smartphone, or simply viewing the play of light and dark on a scene before him, Scott loves the world he lives in and the beauty of creation and love. In fact, Scott chooses subjects to paint that he or his client loves. He says “I paint what people love from the inside out.” He has recently painted the Daylight Train that ran through Gilroy from San Francisco to Los Angels daily. “People loved that train,” he said. Scott created a sixty foot mural painting of the train in downtown Gilroy which is on the corner of 5th Street and Monterey. He also painted Dr. Seuss around a tiny library installation at ODs restaurant. Once again, Lance says that people love Dr. Seuss and his books, so it was important to paint that love of reading using the icons we grew up with and learned to read from as children. In addition, Lance painted the Mustang murals at Gilroy High School, and numerous small murals on utility boxes around town. He also completed a two year project painting 8 large murals in Monterey, CA for a busy pediatrics office. He painted scenes of local Monterey sea life including animal family groups such as Dolphins, Otters, Whales, Seals, Fish and even Penguins (not local of course). Both the parents and children loved these large scale detailed murals as they waited to see their doctor.
This leads to the Scott’s guiding quote from the famous sculptor, Rodin who said, “The only obligation of art is to touch the emotions.” The emotion that Scott chooses to paint is love in all of its forms. He enjoyed creating a portrait of Henry Millers “Red Barn” because it is located where he grew up, Gilroy, California. He has wonderful memories associated with hiking and biking past it when he was a child. He hopes that his painting will encourage people to donate generously to preserve this barn for generations to come.