Artist Scott McBee's stunning, large-scale paintings are some of the most intricately rendered works that I have ever seen. His finely detailed nautical portraits of ocean liners and yachts are approximately 3 x 9 feet in size. The glorious marine life series is created with vivid colors and gold or silver leafing. Scott's exquisitely refined art will take your breath away! Please enjoy our conversation below.
Scott. thank you so much for participating in this interview for our readers.
1) When did you first become interested in being an artist?
At a very early age, I would say around 7. I always loved to draw and play with paints. Whenever I was handed an assignment in class or given home work it always came back to the teacher with artwork plastered on both sides of the paper. I had very little interest in doing my homework and my teachers were not amused. Needless to say there was a meeting with my mom.
2) At what point in your career did the intricate nautical portraits of ocean liners and yachts become a passion?
I understand you have clients who commission your work from all over the world.
I've always had a life long passion for ocean liners and steam yachts since I was a boy. I was always doodling or building a model of one or the other. I was fascinated by the design and construction as with all the details that go into the creation of a ship.
My passion for painting ocean liners and steam yachts emerged about 15 years ago. I started my career in NYC as a commercial artist working in advertising. As an experiment and gift to myself I decided to take a month off and do something I loved to do. To follow my passion so to speak.
Painting the ocean liners and yachts were and still are for my own pleasure. The paintings are an extension of my love for model building I did as a kid. I manage to squeeze a model in every so often in between commissions.
I began receiving commissions after my first gallery show with the Chinese Porcelain Company here in NYC. My clients range from bank executives in Singapore, media presidents here on the east and west coast as well as yacht owners and enthusiast. They all share a common interest in nautical architecture, history and a passion for the sea.
My two most recent commissions were of the Cunard liner, R.M.S. Queen Mary and the aircraft carrier H.M.S. Invincible. Both commissions were from a gentleman who had traveled on board the Queen Mary as a child and served on the Invincible as a naval officer. They were a pleasure to paint and I have a very happy client.
3) I also love your stunning Marine Life Series! What inspired you to create these incredible paintings?
Thank you Karena. I had recently taken a vacation to the Bahamas and was inspired by the natural beauty there. From birds to fish. Rather than painting in a traditional manner I decided to put a twist in the way of working with colors and metallic finishes such as silver or gold leaf. I'm fond of working in hues of blue, corals and reds for that particular series.
4) Are there mentors in your life who have encouraged you in the arts?
My mentors are my high school art teacher, Mr. Floyd Nordwick, the late Terry Wilke, the amazing artists Basil Gogos, Marie Mutz and my partner James Andrew. There are many more. I believe everybody you encounter in your life makes an impact on who you become.
5) Who are some other artists that you respect and admire?
I draw a lot of inspiration from the great nautical painters, Antonio Jacobsen and Stephen J. Card, Klimt, Cassandre, and John Singer Sargent in their incredible drawing skills, use of color and composition.
6) What interests and activities do you enjoy when not in the studio, painting?
I love to travel and explore new places. Reading a good book, building a model, cooking with James Andrew, movies, working out and allowing myself to do absolutely nothing on occasion.
7) Scott, where can readers find your art and do you have any upcoming exhibits?
I have two web sites for my work.
I am currently represented by
The Chinese Porcelain Company at
232 East 59th street,5th floor
NYC, NY, 10022
The Island Store
P.O. Box N7776
312 B South County Road
Palm Beach, Florida, 33480
8) Finally, what advice would you give to the beginning artist of any age?
Don't be afraid to express yourself, to stand out.
Don't be afraid to make a mistake or "mess it up".
STOP being afraid..... the daily home work assignment.
Stay open to new ideas.
Learn to listen, be honest, true to your word.
Surround yourself with positive, like minded friends.
Please visit Scott's websites to view more of his extraordinary works of art or to contact him.
Thank you to interior designer James Andrew of What is James Wearing ? for the introduction!
Thank you to my Family, Friends and Followers who support the Arts!
The Arts by Karena