Capturing Scott’s Realism Secrets at His First Ever Artist Retreat
By Frank Ball Jr. Photos by the Jacobs Gallery.
On arrival to Deadwood we checked into the Deadwood Mountain Grand. I lucked out with a corner room on the third floor. It had an amazing view of Deadwood’s Main Street. Couldn’t sleep, so I took a stroll around town.
Before leaving the lobby, I checked out a display of different Harley-Davidson paintings of Scott’s. This guy’s ability with realism is insane. I am trying to infuse more realism into my tattoo and painting efforts, so I was excited about this week learning directly from Scott.
I felt honored and grateful to be a part of Scott’s first Artist Retreat in the history of his career. I cruised around Scott’s gallery for a bit checking out the incredible layout and what seemed to be a never-ending supply of incredible paintings on display.
The energy is this place was amazing and took me off-guard for a second, there was so much to take in.
As we walked upstairs, we stepped into the actual studio where Scott creates his masterpieces. His daughter, Alexa, nephew, Todd and another artist, Dan were set up ready to start teaching our small class of only twelve students.
After an introduction by the man himself, he began explaining the paint volumes and brushes we’d use during the Retreat. The subject the class would work on is a wine bottle with a glass and cork/cork screw on top of a wine barrel.