PAINTING | OIL
"Whether you view it through a microscope or an airplane window, our world is textured, diverse, pocked, and burnished in its splendor. It isn't always pretty, but it's always arresting, remarkable and unforgettable. I love deep forests, expanses of ocean, vast deserts, foggy weather and outer space the mystery and lure of endlessness. One can only see so far ahead. For me, that's pretty much the human condition: there's something very human about being slightly blind. We are, in many ways in this life, operating with very limited sight every day, at every turn. We're a little bit blind. We make up stories and folklore to make sense of an existence that we don't completely understand and will never understand as long as we're here living in it. We build, and we worry, and we work so hard, and all the while, all the other creatures on the planet seem quite content to just sit and be and look. Yet, we humans want meaning in everything. "Why?" is the first question we learn to ask. We want to know the how and the why. My work is an attempt to engage with something fundamental and elemental about the human experience. We're a little bit blind. We don't have all the answers and never will. Yet, we go on looking for meaning. We go on through the fog. And on top of that gobbledygook, I want my work to be beautiful. Because we need a lot more of it."
— Scott Simons
Scott and his husband, Paul, share their time between Austin and Blanco, Texas. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Texas Christian University in Dallas, Texas, and attended an Artist Residency at the Dougherty Arts Center in Austin, Texas.