Up Close and Personal With: Scott Harding

858920_10200886548830472_589930185_oWe are thrilled to welcome one of our newest artists, Scott Harding, to the Anne Neilson Fine Art Gallery. We invite you to hear more about Harding from the artist himself.

Scott Harding
Current: Warrenville, IL   Grew up:  South Bend, IN
How did you get started?
“I started drawing before I could talk.  I continued drawing throughout my childhood.  I was never bored!  I almost took a different path in college but then knew this was my calling.”
What inspires your work?
“I get stopped in my tracks all the time when I see the beauty in simple things: the way light falls on a subject, a glance, or an unplanned pose.  Though these may seem simple at first, there is a limitless depth to them as well.  Digging into the infinite while maintaining the simplicity is what inspires me.”
What is your favorite subject matter/ pallet to use?
“The human figure is my favorite subject but I’m equally inspired by landscapes and still-lifes.  I love to paint!”
What is your favorite part about studio life AND OR do you have a certain routine?
“I love putting out new paint, turning on my music and turning towards a blank canvas that is full of possibilities!”
Who inspires you?
“Everyone!!  I love art and enjoy seeing how others have tackled certain problems or how they saw something differently.  But I have favorites as well:  Sargent, Zorn, Monet, Inness, Monsted, Levitan.”
If you could give a piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?
“Always be willing to learn!”
Share one great adventure you’ve experienced.
“I once took a horse trip into the mountains outside of Santa Fe.  I could not believe that just a small distance from that desert city such lush and wet forests were hidden!  One morning I woke to a beautiful mist rising through the aspens.  I hurriedly got out my paints and did a decent plein air.  Well, I soon got the attention of some of the other trip attendees.  One fellow in particular just had to have the painting.  I sold it to him, but it was a little bittersweet.  I wanted it too as a memento of my trip!”
What would you be doing if you weren’t an artist?
“Paid assassin.  (Just kidding!).  I came kinda close to going into medicine.”
What do you want your audience to know about your work?
“That I deeply appreciate that I can share my vision of the beauty I see.  And I’m humbled when someone else appreciates that vision.”

Harding is making his debut with the gallery in January’s show, Lovely, opening Thursday the 21st from 5pm – 7pm. We invite you to stop by, drink some wine and see his gorgeous work in person.

For more information email info@anneneilsonfineart.com and Martha, our Gallery Director, would be happy to help.

Lovely Exhibition
“Field’s Edge” 9 x 12
What to Wear 24x20
“What to Wear” 20 x 24
At the Turn 12x9

“At The Turn” 9 x 12


Harding painting plein air


Harding giving a demonstration