Scott Mattlin is an artist with a deep and passionate appreciation for beauty in
the natural world and within the human spirit. This enthusiastic and sensitive joy
is reflected strongly in his artwork. His work is executed in a vibrant,
impressionistic style, which - while still retaining its representational roots,
incorporates abstract elements, resulting in a uniquely contemporary union.
Mattlin paints the private world to which he bears witness. Whether it be an
intimate moment captured between mother and child, a glimpse into the solitary
reverie of a ballet dancer, or a private view into that sacred world of the timeless
nude … Scott’s choice of subject matter, his masterful ability for
extemporaneous composition, and his brilliant talent for the juxtaposition of light
and shadow – all evoke a powerful old world feel, yet with an irresistible modern
As a young man, Scott traveled throughout North America trying his hand at a
dizzying number of careers and trades. Nothing truly resonated however, until
his childhood passion for painting was re-kindled. At nearly 30 years of age,
Scott's art education began in Southern California. While preparing to enter the
Art Center School of Design in California he developed a friendly relationship
with a group of successful local artists who agreed to mentor him; among them,
internationally respected wildlife artist Joe Garcia. Scott abandoned his plans for
formal education and embarked on an intensive four-year period of study and
painting that was to change his life forever.
Since that time, Scott's dedication to creating beautiful and expressive paintings has manifested broadly
into the development of a wide range of enthusiastic collectors, exhibitions, and awards. Scott’s work has
appeared in numerous feature articles in magazines such as Southwest Art, Lattitudes Magazine,
Western Art and Architecture, American Art Collector, and others. He has appeared in a wide variety of art
and instructional publications. As a member of the Oil Painters of America, he has been juried into regional
and national OPA events, as well as the prestigious Colorado Governor’s Invitational Art Show, as well as
a wide range of juried national exhibitions. As a veteran art instructor, he has taught master watercolor
workshops nationwide at the invitation of the Grumbacher Company, as well as appearing as a keynote
speaker at their national conferences.
Scott’s work hangs in private and corporative collections- both at home and abroad. During his years of
representation in Alaska from 1992 to 1999 Scott’s work was featured in 7 exciting and successful one-
man shows there; and he was named the official painter of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race for five consecutive
years. His rendering of Mount Denali was given by the governor of Alaska to the city of New York, where it
is hangs in permanent display in Fire Station Number One – in commemoration to the firefighters who
gave their lives on September 11, 2001.
Scott's work is represented by a number of fine galleries across the United States, and he continues to
exhibit in a select group of invitational masters exhibitions each year.
Scott and his wife Lisa are currently living in Denver, Colorado, where Scott maintains his new studio