Currently on display through April 25, Southern Vermont artist Scott J. Morgan is exhibiting his new series of paintings titled "World View", at the restaurant of L. A. Burdick's in Walpole, NH.
Originally from New York, the artist lived in Florida for over two decades before moving to Seattle. After 20 years in the Pacific Northwest, Morgan now resides in Chester with his wife, Laura and daughter Fiona.
His many travels throughout America and around the world- China, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean - clearly influence his art through his broad and bold color schemes.
"I met my wife in Seattle and loved it there, but wanted to raise our daughter in a small town environment and around more family.
"Laura's family owns the Hugging Bear Inn and Teddy Bear Shoppe in Chester and we've always enjoyed the community and sharing of resources, so we have created that here.
"Plus I am really enjoying the local art scene, the support and comraderie are not often easily accessed in a larger, urban environment."
Morgan's other experiences as both a landscape architect and musician, have also especially influenced his latest works, which depict "impressions of life and landscape" through both narrative and lyrical qualities; sweeping gestures, flowing lines of color, bold compositions and spacious landscapes.
"As a landscape architect spanning nearly 30 years, it has certainly had a major influence on my painting," Morgan said in a recent interview.
"I learned how to draft, draw, sketch and do perspective drawings, but also how to 'design', to work with line, space, form, proportion, while also developing my own style."
His "World View" are created in the tradition of short stories or passages of music, designed to evoke dynamic forms that are interesting and accessible, created with his preferred medium, non-toxic solvents and oil pigments from his studio space at Sherwin Art Glass Studio in downtown Bellows Falls.