My work is really not ashamed to be beautiful, and I’m not ashamed to be a serious painter,” said Sam Scott during a recent visit at his studio in one of Santa Fe’s old westside barrios. Works in process surrounded Scott, who has been named the Santa Fe Rotary Foundation for the Arts’ Distinguished Artist of the Year. “Sam is working on about 30 different paintings right now,” said Rotary’s Brian McPartlon, a longtime friend of the artist’s. “I’ve been here four or five times in the last couple months, and I’m blown away. At this point he’s a maestro, and very few people reach that.”
One of the paintings in progress is titled The Open Heart. Measuring 80 x 70 inches, it’s a dynamic abstraction with big seaweedike forms over a white and multicolored background. “The Open Heart is about youth and old age and the rotation of the seasons and about how being broken down is being broken open,” Scott said. “And it’s about painting, I hope — the language of painting.”
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