Caz Scott trained in fine art at the Arts University Bournemouth and now works as a full-time artist dividing her time between her Dorset studio and Falmouth, Cornwall.
Caz creates exciting vibrant images that depict her response and deep emotional attachment to her surroundings. She spends long periods walking, observing and sketching across the South-West. She is motivated by the dramatic landforms and wildness of the coast and moorland often returning to familiar places as well as seeking new inspiration.
“I find that sketching a place has a far stronger impact than taking photographs. The kinesthetic motion reinforces the feel of the land creating a physical connection with my surroundings. My drawings activate my memories – what the weather was like, how I was feeling, where I was standing, things like that. With a sketch I leave my imagination free when I come to complete my paintings.”
Her paintings aim to simplify the complexity of the landscape, drawing out the image and building and balancing shape and colour to reflect the strength and uniqueness and beauty of the scenery.
“For me painting is an expression of my love for the landscape.”
"I find the need to express my delight in what I see daily irresistible."
"My love of walking has a huge impact on my work. I always have my sketch-book with me and concentrate on specific views that catch my eye – often it can be a response to the weather that day, the light and shadows, the seasons, the structure of the land or the intensity of the vegetation."
"I often re-visit favourite views and make new drawings for every new painting. I find this keeps my work fresh and I always find new details."
"I paint in oils, usually on canvas but I also use handmade paper for smaller images."
"I always prime my canvases with raw umber underpainting which provides a depth and intensity of colour I can't achieve on a white background. I draw my images in charcoal and getting the composition balanced at this stage is crucial to my finished work. I aim for a structural accuracy that ensures the landscape has strength and credibility."
"When I place the paint on the umber background it immediately glows, shimmers. I’ve always loved stained glass and I aim for a balance of colour and shape. I want to shed light on the landscape, to light up a room."
"Framing my work is important as I feel it enhances my images helping attain an almost jewel-like quality."
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