Scott Hunter explores different arrangements of textures, colors and shapes through his abstract expressionist work. Though many different things inspire his work, he feels most encouraged by his drive to make paintings that mean something. As a kid, he stood with his mother at the National Gallery of Art and gazed at a Willem de Kooning piece. He told his mom he could've painted that himself. She challenged him to do so and he's been attempting to do so for the past 30 years.. When he's not making art, he enjoys spending time his wife, kids and Boston Terrier named Alfie. Scott currently lives in Pennsylvania.
In honor of Father's Day, UGallery is celebrating all the wonderful working artist-dads out there. Read on and you'll find out just how lucky Scott's two kids are. Enjoy!
Growing up, how did you view the idea of Father's Day? What did it mean to you then and what does it mean to you today?
My father is a champion of humility and never felt comfortable in the spotlight. Father's Day growing up meant an opportunity for my sister and I to craft greeting cards and draw pictures of the barbershop quartets that he loved. My children make me feel as though everyday is Father's day. I am honored to be their father, to watch them grow up and to guide them along the way. It is about them, not me.
How have your kids changed your life, both personally and professionally?
Having kids put everything into perspective. Personally, the experience taught me to take care of myself, live every moment and pursue my passions. Raising children means being open and honest. Professionally, it is that honesty that continues to propel my painting even when it becomes difficult to be honest about it.
How did you come to be a stay-at-home dad?
I held a job in finance for fifteen years after art school. I was producing and showing work during that time but not as much as I wanted to. When my kids turned 10 and 11 I realized that the next step in a financial career would consume me entirely, leaving no time to paint and less time with family. So, I decided to pursue my passion entirely and paint full time. I have a studio above the garage, which has been invaluable and allowed me to share fully in the kids' lives and be there when they need me.
Do you paint portraits of your kids? How are your kids involved in your art?
Yes, I paint them fairly often. I had a very traditional art training that included a lot of drawing from life. I paint mostly abstract now, but routinely work from life to stay sharp and enjoy painting them as they grow.
How has your background as an artist affected your kids? Do you think having an artist dad helps inspire their creativity?
My son, at 13 is already an accomplished artist. He has an undying interest in cartoons, comics and anime. The expressiveness in his line shows a natural talent that surpasses anything I ever had. At 12, my daughter has developed a very mature taste. I like to think the countless art shows, festivals and museums have rubbed off on her. I think she'll become an interior designer or a chef.
Any great dad stories your kids would be embarrassed of?
I actually asked the kids for a good story. They said I embarrass them when I sing. I don't sing well, but I like to make up songs to get them out of bed or to do their chores. I also sing in the studio, sometimes loudly enough to be heard by friends who come to visit.