About The Artist:
Born in 1974, I know that I was born too late, I missed a time when horsepower ruled and chrome was plentiful. This has never kept me from loving all that is classic cars, I remember being a kid and my Dad would quiz me what the differences between a ’68 and ’69 roadrunner were as we walked at a local car show. That love for the automobile coupled with my talent as an artist finally met 10 short years ago.
I attended Lansing Community College for one year as an Illustration major, but after only one year I had little money to continue school, hey it’s expensive being an art student! So after leaving art school a little disheartened that I might not get to be an artist after all, I took several “Joe” jobs to get by.
Then fate stepped in, my wife’s former boss wanted some artwork for their new office, and as they were an automotive design firm, they wanted something “fine art” but with an automotive touch. I was commissioned to do four drawings; I did one of the dashboard of a 57 Chevy, the fins of a 59 Caddy, a close up of a 65 Mustang front end, and the front of a 57 Chevy. After that I realized that I could do this for a living and that being an artist didn’t mean that I needed a degree to do it. So I started painting full-time and showing my work at local car shows, craft shows, and managed to get a gallery showing and some local press in the newspaper. I went to the St.Ignace, Michigan car show several years in a row and met more auto artist like; Thom Petersen, and Dan Mcrary, whom I emulated as we both worked in watercolor.
Since 1997 I’ve done nearly 200 commissions, I love being able to paint all these beautiful cars, and in talking to the owners I get to hear the stories behind each one. I strive to learn as much about cars as I can so each little detail is captured in each painting I do, each one is like a fingerprint or snowflake, rarely are any two the same, and the owners usually get a kick out of seeing even the smallest detailed captured. I push myself to get as photo-realistic as I can, when someone says to me, “now is that a photo of a car?” I know I’ve achieved what I was striving for.
Classic Car, Hot Rod/Custom, Motorsport and Muscle Car (Portrait)
http://www.scottwycoffstudios.com (Website down since 4/19/14)