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Skottie has always loved art, nature, and connecting with people. He's had a long, successful career in design and art direction for the publishing and tech industries. Several years ago he designed his home and botanical gardens in Austin, Texas, known as Tanglewild Gardens, where he hybridizes daylilies with his husband, and pursues his digital art. He's inspired by texture, color and form — a fallen seed, small creature, or a striking individual may serve as his muse, and he takes photographs of that muse to be used as a base for his artwork.
More recently Skottie has started to explore AI (Artificial Intelligence) as a way to explore new directions in his work, and currently creates his own muses. He still uses photographs of individuals who do exist, but through AI, he digitally “hybridizes” new people to act as the subjects in his portraiture.
Manipulating those photos digitally, Skottie transforms them into something that evokes a poignant response, awakens the viewer's imagination, or inspires them. His art has qualities, as well as integrated elements, that give a nod to his more traditional art background of painting, encaustic, pastel, etching, etc. Some older works of his are used for textural elements, digitally as filters or for layering, and as a way to add depth to an otherwise two dimensional work. It is this synergy of techniques that makes his work unique, emotional and thought provoking.
Skottie is an emerging artist and has already been recognized in both regional and global art shows. He’s also donated work for fundraising art auctions for non-profits and has done commissioned works for collectors. In January of this year, Skottie was recognized as a “Change-Maker” by VoyageAustin Magazine and profiled as one of their “Stories That Inspire”, for his career journey and digital artwork.
He has worked on several collaborative pieces with other emerging artists across the globe, and is often inspired by current events and his sympathetic reaction to xenophobia, bigotry and injustice. Being an out and proud gay man, he has experienced prejudice, bullying, and worse in his life, and tends to bond with the misfits of our world. He’s spent a lifetime working with diversity, equity and inclusion-related causes and non-profits, and that exposure to those marginalized in society, is evident is his work. There are complex stories behind many of his portrait subjects, many of whom have been stigmatized, disenfranchised, or suffered great abuse or pain at one time or another, and there are haunting echoes of those hardships perceptible in their portraits.
AWARDS & COMMISSIONS
* Art Erotica, Austin, Texas
* Juror’s Pick for ArtErotica 2019 Exhibition - “So Close”
* Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
* One of 12 finalists of the recent 18th “Solo Art Series” Art Competition, awarded an Artist Showcase Feature of 5 works:
* "Thembalwethu | Our Hope"
* "Dahlia | Quiet Beauty"
* "Hatch | Ruggedly Handsome"
* "Yumi | Stop The Hate"
* "Jaeson | Aqua Eyes"
* Special Merit – Photo & Digital “Botanicals” Art Exhibition – May 2021, “Red Rocks & Chrysanthemums”
* 4th Place - Figurative” Art Exhibition 2021 – Photography & Digital Category, “Yumi | Stop The Hate”
* Special Merit – Photo & Digital “Figurative” Art Exhibition – April 2021, “Belinda | Blonde Ambition”
* 5th Place – Figurative Art Exhibition 2019 – Overall Category – “Dedrik | I’m So Sorry”
* 3rd Place – Figurative Art Exhibition 2019 – Photography & Digital Category – “Dedrik | I’m So Sorry”
* Special Recognition - Abstracts Art Exhibition 2019 – Photography & Digital Category - “Abstract Leonurus - 3”
* Special Mention - “555 Special” Art Exhibition 2019 – Photography & Digital - “Daisy | Floral Filigree” – www.shop.skotoart.com.
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