Friday, March 25, 2016

Featuring Artist Scott McBee

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
Nassau, Bahamas

Lindroth Design
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


donna baker said...

Oh Karena, what gorgeous paintings. The creatures really speak to me. Thank you.

Linda Pakravan said...

I love the octopus. Actually I love all his work! Thank you!

Penelope Bianchi said...

I am crazy about these paintings!!

He is excellent!!

Splendid Market said...

These marine lifes are amazing, the octopus with the gold leaf, forget it!!

Happy Easter Karena. I loved reading Inda's posts on Junkanoo, it's been wonderful exploring her islands. Hop over to the market to see what's blooming:

MJH DesignArts said...

Hi Karena---I love this post. The detail and materials are amazing. Reminds me of 18th/early 19th c. pieces. HAPPY EASTER. xoxo Mary

columnist said...

I was familiar with the Ocean Liners, but now very much like the sea creatures. Thank you for the heads up.

therelishedroost said...

FAbulous its fun and traditional yet would work well in any eclectic setting! xo K

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

What an an amazing artist....I love what he said about his homework papers....did his homework and included what he was passionate doubt....and you are so right...his work is so beautiful and intricate...I find myself studying the exquisite lines of each of his paintings...a great interview Karena...thanks so much, I truly enjoyed it!

La Contessa said...

I loved this INTERVIEW!
The MOST CREATIVE of people did not do things RIGHT in SCHOOL and LOOK where they ARE!
I know of HIM through JAMES...........OH, that man and his wardrobe!Have YOU seen the painting Mister Mc Bee did for HIM for CHRISTMAS!Go back on the BLOG and GO SEE!!!!!!!!!
His paintings are STUNNING.........I wonder how long it takes to paint a BOAT like these?Where does he start.......these are questions I will ASK one day as I hope to get to NY and have DINNER with these TWO one day!!!!!!!

Teresa Gardner said...

Just beautiful work and I have never heard of this artist. I think I like the sea creatures best.

La Dolfina said...

Wow just amazing and right up my alley!!!
Great interview with a great guy:)
True talent!!!
I loved your questions Karena:)
You are the best:)

Burlap Luxe said...

HI Karena,
Great interview, who doesn't love a great painting of an ocean liner... I always invisioned a library with a wall galleried with framed sea art filled with ocean liners and beautiful sea art.
love the seahorse :)


Pura Vida said...

loving the sea creatures!!!

La Petite Gallery said...

I have so much art work, wonder when I die what will happen to a lifes work?
Got any thoughts on what I should do. I don't want a bon fire in the back yard, I'll
turn in the grave. yvonne

designchic said...

So many great pieces. Love the coral and flamingo! Happy Monday ~

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Karen said...

I love these paintings. What a talented artist. I have a schooner painting above my mantel and have always gravitated towards nautical paintings.
This was a great post.

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Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What an incredible eye! It's impossible for me to pick a favorite image.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Mary Ann Pickett said...

So much talent...great interview, Karena.

LBDDiaries said...

What amazing attention to detail! He brings the nautical and marine life - well, to life!

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