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The paddle-wheeler Becky Thatcher
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|Biography from St. Louis Mercantile Library At The University Of Missouri - St. Louis:|
|James Godwin Scott was born 1931 in Los Angeles, California. His
parents were originally from Texas, and they returned there when Scott
was six months old. He grew up on a livestock farm in the area of
Fort Worth, eventually returning to California to study drawing and
composition at Woodbury College, Los Angeles.|
After serving in the Navy Scott returned to Texas, then determined to
go to New York to pursue an art career. In 1952, while driving
from Fort Worth to New York, he stopped in St. Louis, Missouri.
He became so entranced by the moonlight on the Mississippi River
that he made the city his home for nearly four decades.
the 1950s Scott did illustration work for retail newspaper advertising
while spending summers in Connecticut studying oil painting with Robert
Brackman and in the winter, back in St. Louis, he studied with Frank
Nuderscher at Nuderscher’s studio in the Granite Building at Fourth and
Market. The training by these artists strengthened Scott's
compositional skills and his aptitude for the figure, while also
encouraging his exploration of nature. Nuderscher was well known
for his landscapes of urban and rural Missouri, and Scott's early
intertpretations of the river drew from Nuderscher's work as well as
that of Claude Manet and Joseph Turner.
Through 1962 Scott
continued to work in oils, but the following year he saw the work of
British watercolor artist Jack Merriott. After writing to
Merriott in England, Scott was accepted as a student and spent the next
three summers studying with Merriott in England, Scotland and Wales.
At this time Scott switcheds to watercolors almost exclusively,
finding it the perfect medium to capture the fluidity of the river.
the 1970s Scott visited Colorado and painted in the Poudre Canyon, Elk
River and Trapper’s Lake areas. He continues to visit these areas
regularly, and they came to have a significant influence on the course
of his carer. In the meantime, however, the Mississippi River
remained his primary muse. In 1979 he followed the path of Lewis
and Clark on the barge "Melinda B." of Port City Barge Lines, spending
over a week on the river painting from the deck of the barge as it
traveled from St. Louis to Kansas City.
After years of
visitng Arizona, Scott moved to there permanently in the late 1990s.
Within a few years, inspired by the strong graphic forms of the desert
landscape, Scott abandoned watercolor and began working in acrylic on
canvas, adopting a bold, abstract style that emphasized balanced color
harmonies energized by firm, rhythmic lines.
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