Scott Kelley’s paintings reflect his fascination with, and appreciation and respect for, the flora, fauna and geology of his home in Peaks Island, Maine.
The Roseate Spoonbill
When Scott Kelley was young, his family would travel from their home in Binghamton, New York, to spend summers in Maine. Kelley focused on each shell, fish, flower and bird that he saw.
He honed his drawing and painting skills at Cooper Union and then The Glassel School of Art in Houston.
In 2003, The National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Program sent him to Palmer Station, Anvers Island, Antarctica as artist-in-residence. His focus on the birds of Antarctica led to paintings like The Three Wise Men which, besides showing extraordinary talent and skill, shows his love for his subjects.
Kelley paints the birds of Peaks Island, often using background landscapes, which he copies from early postcards of the area.
He paints his subjects, like the Blue Heron and the Spoonbill, in different postures, from different angles, still captivated by their beauty.
Scott Kelley’s most recent project is a children’s book, called Birch, inspired by the legend of Gluskap, a mythical hero of the native American Wabanaki tribe in Maine.
Birch is the story of a crazed beaver who creates chaos and fear in the woods, and must be set straight by a birch tree he cut down while preparing for a coming time of cold and darkness.
Kelley illustrated the book with his beautiful, detailed paintings of animals in Wabanaki dress.
Scott Kelley at Surovek Gallery
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