When I was in Alexandria for my annual Gallery Talk last weekend, I ran into an old friend, the wonderful painter painter Scott Coulter. I hadn’t seen in many years and had a chance to briefly catch up with him while he manned his booth at the very busy King Street Art Festival. Canadian-born Scott Coulter was one of the first painters I connected with when I began my career when he was still living in this area, the Finger Lakes region of New York. He now divides his time between Florida and Minnesota when he’s not traveling around the country to display his work and to capture some of the natural splendor that he paints so well.
While we paint with very different styles and processes, I found it very easy to become a big fan of Scott’s atmosphere filled landscapes as well as the way in which he painted them. Every painting is just him and his brushes with perhaps a photo or two to guide him. There are no projected images onto his canvasses, no airbrushes to create his beautifully graded colors, no digital assistance of any kind– just him and an unerring ability to build magnificent, and often very large, paintings with a palette that is instantly recognizable to anyone who knows his work. I remember seeing him paint years ago and being so impressed with how he made the very difficult seem so easy. He’s master of his art.
He was influential in my desire to paint very large. I remember one piece he was commissioned to paint that was huge, so much so that the patron provided him with a space, a small but tall inner courtyard they owned, in which he could paint because it was too tall for any space available to him. It was something like eleven foot tall and had an incredible visual impact. I am sure it still brings oohs and aahs in its current home. Rogue’s Gallery, shown below, is another large piece at 66″ square that I would love to see in person.
In recent years, he began painting railroad cars and physical features such as underpasses with graffiti covering them and it fits into his body of work so well that it seems like it has always there. Hard not to like this as well.
No two ways about it– just good work. Great to see you, Scott. Look forward to seeing you again!