Greensboro-based painter and sculptor Scott Harris is known as an “aluminum artist.” His paintings often show washes of trees, pastures, ocean water, and city scenes–all passionately created on the support of industrial-style aluminum cut-outs. This metal-medium creates a particular shimmer to the portrayal of an afternoon sky or a wave-like motion to a beachside scene. Suddenly, you can feel the streaking wetness of a rainy day in the city–when you’re disappointed about the weather, but can’t help but suddenly notice all the reflected beauty.
In preparing for our upcoming art exhibition, we asked this featured artist some questions about the interplay between spirituality and his creative process.
Co-Creation: Our theme is the “Spirit’s Call to Evolve.” In what ways has the Spirit been prompting you to evolve, either personally or through your art?
Scott Harris: I feel personally that I have been challenged to simply follow the instruction that I hear, rather than rationalize or calculate my reply. Things don’t always have to make sense, and we don’t always have to know the finish line from the beginning (even though I always want to), especially when it comes to our relationship with the Spirit.
Co-Creation: How does spirituality play into your art?
Scott Harris: Spirituality plays into my art in the same manner it plays into my daily life, I don’t believe I can separate the two. Each day I try to take time out to walk and listen, its in these times that many ideas come to mind, whether its a painting with a some grand message or simply a spring flower. I feel like all my work comes from my relationship with God, no matter the subject.
See Scott’s work along with other talented artists. The Co-Creation/Sacred Art for the City art walk is open from 10:00am – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 12 – Saturday April 14th, and 12:00p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, April 15th.