Alley Walls 45 by 67

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Artist Statement

 

 

In my watercolors, I strive for a painterly yet realistic rendition of my subjects, hoping to make use of the transparent beauty of watercolors as they are applied to the surface of paper using the flow of water.  Reserving the white of the paper to represent the lightest values of the subject requires careful planning. I spend much time manipulating the shapes and light and dark values in small pre studies, until I feel I have achieved a most expressive composition.  Then, after making a careful outline drawing of all of the elements of the picture on fine watercolor paper, I apply paint, with respect for how the pigments, carried by water,  work together with each other and the suface of the paper.

 

Resume

 

I have studied the work of many paintings and artist teachers, having painted watercolors since I was in high school. I first became inspired by my grandfather, watercolor artist Leslie Austin Hartley, who was born and raised in England where he learned to paint watercolor landscapes there while he was at a boys boarding school. Although my formal training was in music at the University of Michigan, I decided to make my avocation of painting a profession and I began attending art festivals nationwide with my watercolors. To acquire further knowledge, I attended workshops by Sondra Freckleton, Nita Engle and Tom Lynch as well as studying the books of John Pike, Daniel Chard, Ted Kautsky, Edgar Whitney and David Friend, to name a few, and the paintings of Robert Cottingham, Neill Welliver, Fairfield Porter and Charles Sheeler.  Growing up in the Catskills of New York, and now in the Ann Arbor Michigan area, I developed an eye for our unique American landscape and seek to capture the rich, colorful, impressive, complex and intriguing views of the common subjects all around us.

Selected National

 

Art Festivals

 

Cherry Creek Art Fair, Denver,Co, First Place Painting 1998

 

Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original, Artist demonstrator in Watercolor for twenty years, Award of Excellence and

Originality, 2010.

 

The Plaza Art Fair, Kansas City, MO

 

The St. Louis Art Fair, St. Louis, MO

 

Walt Disney World Festival of the Masters, Florida, 1st Place in Watercolor Category, 2006, 2012, 2013

 

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Fair, Winter Park, Florida, 2nd Place Award, Watercolor

 

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, Reston, VA, 1st Place Award in Fine Arts Category 2007

 

Coconut Grove Fine Art Festival, Miami, Florida

 

Old Town Art Festival, Chicago

 

Port Clinton Art Festival, Chicago, 1st Place Award. Watercolor Category

 

Great Gulfcoast Art Festival, Pensacola, Florida, 2nd Place in Painting Category, 2002, 2007, Award of Honor, 2008, Judges Award, 2009, Merit Award, 2010, First Place Award of Distinction, 2011, Award of distinction, 2017, 2018

 

Mainsail Arts Festival, St. Petersburg, Florida, Award of Excellence 2007, Best of Show, 2011, Award of Distinction, 2012, Award of Excellence 2013,

Award of Excellence, 2014,  2nd place Silver Award, 2015 Award of excellence, 2016, 2017, 2018

 

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fine Art Fair, 2nd Place over all, 2006, First Place/Best of Show, 2010, First Place/Best of Show, 2011, Award of Excellence, 2012, First Place/Best of Show, 2013

 

Tall Grass Art Fair, Chicago, 1st Place, Painting

 

Brighton Art Festival, Brighton, Mich., 2nd Place overall 2006, 1st place, 2007, 2008

 

Suttons Bay Art Fair, Suttons Bay, Mich., Best in Show, 2007

 

Northville, Mich, Art in the Sun, Best of Show, 2008

 

Naples Art Festival, Naples, Fla, Award of Excellence, 2008

 

Gasparilla Sidewalk Art Festival, Tampa, Florida, 2009

 

Mt. Dora Fine Arts Festival, Florida, 1st Place Award in Watercolor Category, 2010

 

Des Moines Art Festival, Best in Painting award, 2010

 

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Fair on the Square, Madison Wisconsin, Invitational Award, 2010

 

Lakeview East Festival of Art, Chicago, Best in Show, 2010, first place, 2018

 

Fountain Square Arts Festival, Evanston, Ill, First Place in Painting, 2011, First Place, Painting, 2018

 

Uptown Art Fair, Minneapolis, Best of Show in Painting, 2012, 2013, first place painting, 2014 and Best of Show, 2014

Art Fair on the Square, Belleville, Illinois, First Place, Painting, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, Best in Show, 2016, First Place, Painting, 2017, 2018

 

Autumn Harvest at Deer Park, Illinois, Best of Show, 2013

 

Art Rapids, Elk Rapids, Michigan, Best of Show 2014

 

Carmel International Arts Festival, Carmel Indiana, First Place 2013, Best of Show 2014. 2015. 2016, First Place Watercolor, 2019

 

Art n Apples Art Fair, Rochester, Mi., Award of Excellence, 2014

 

Round the Fountain Art Fair, Lafayette, Indiana, Third Place, 2015, best of Show, 2017

 

Lakeshore Art Festival, Muskegan, Michigan, Second Place , 2015

 

Grand Haven art in the Park, Best of Show, 2017

 

Grand Haven Art Festival, First Place, Painting, 2019

 

Petoskey Art in the Park, Second Place, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

National Competitions

 

American Watercolor Society Annual, Salmagundi Club, NYC, 2009, 2011

 

Watercolor USA Annual, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO, 2009, Winner, Greg Theilen Memorial Prize, 2010

 

Georgia Watercolor Society Annual, 2009, 2010

 

Showcase of American Art, Taos, New Mexico

 

Texas Watercolor Society Annual, traveling exhibit

 

Michigan Watercolor Society Annual

 

Midwest Watercolor Society Annual

 

Illinois Watercolor Society Annual, 2010

 

Transparent Watercolor Society Annual, 2011

 

 

 

Publications

 

American Artist Magazine

 

The Artists Magazine

 

Splash Five, North Light Books

 

Splash 11, North Light Books

 

Splash 12, North Light Books

 

Best of America Books, Volume II : Watermedia

 

The Artistic Touch, North Light Books

 

Cover Art for the Ann Arbor Observer

 

 

 

 

Contact Information

E-mail address

 

scotthartley@copper.net

 

 

 

 

Studio phone

 

734 355 2992