I’ve always maintained that my work is about color and light and their effect on our emotions  My inspiration comes from nature, whose sublime forms and colors and chaotic power shape the ever-changing landscape. For me, light is the unifying force, transforming everything it touches by banishing darkness and encouraging renewal. In my work I've always sought to suggest, in addition to the beauty, the feelings of hope and peace that light imparts.

My painting process involves as much intuition as skill, and a surprising amount of sheer physical labor. To convey the emotional impact of change, time, weather, and light, I employ a wide range of techniques. I lay down rich fields of color, enhanced by many layers of transparent glazes. To intensify the effects of depth and mystery, I may use a foundation of metal leaf or applied textures. After building up a surface I then scar it or even scrape it away only to cover it over again with a new layer. I like “closing away” lower layers, except for scattered spots of color--a reminder that more is happening in a painting than what is perceived on the surface. I hope this process creates for the viewer a calm moment in which to reflect on what, in a larger sense, has been hidden from view.

--Scott Upton


Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC

Capital City Club, Atlanta, GA

St. Andrews Country Club, Boca Raton, FL

WRAL, Capital Broadcasting Company Inc, Raleigh, NC

Biogen Idec, Reseach Triangle Park, NC

Ritz Carlton, Atlanta, GA
First Health, Pinehurst, NC
SAS, Cary, NC
Blackberry Farms, Walland, TN
The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary, NC
Del Frisco's, Boston, MA
Del Frisco's Grille, Atlanta, GA
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino, Aruba
O’Hare Hilton, Chicago, IL
Amelia Island Plantation, FL
The Breakers, Palm Beach FL

Eastman, Kingsport, TN
Charlies Frazier, Author of Best-Selling Novels
Cold Mountain, Nightwoods, Asheville, NC
Lit Bow Wow, Singer, Atlanta GA
T-Pain, Singer-Song Writer- Producer, Atlanta, GA
Arthur Blank Foundation, Atlanta GA
Crescent Capital Investments,
Four Seasons Hotel, Atlanta GA
Armada Investment Group, Atlanta GA
Progress Energy, Corporate Collection, Durham NC
Source One Marketing, Atlanta GA
Northside Hospital, Atlanta GA
Mission Hospital, Asheville, NC
The Georgia Dome, Atlanta GA


University of North Carolina at Asheville

1980-1984 Fine Arts

McDowell Technical College

1977-1979 Commercial Graphics

Art Institute of Atlanta

1976-1977 Visual Communications

Historical and Contemporary Art Gallery, Atlanta Georgia


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