Carruthers, Scott Curriculum Vitae

My paintings are largely inspired by children, childhood, and observations of life growing up.
I am often reminded of the nostalgic years and how childhood differs today in these modern times.
An idea for a painting can come from anywhere. Usually from a memory or experience of when I was young or by observing something my kids might do. Watching them at play or just relaxing in front of the television. I try to imagine what they are thinking, and this sometimes triggers similar thoughts that I may have had at the same age. I then want to put these memories and stories into an image, often with the use of metaphors to symbolise elements of life.

Painting the characters in a naive, cartoon like style helps represent the childhood aspect of the work, taking the seriousness out of the piece and at the same time accentuating the innocence of children. My paintings are thought provoking and allow the viewer to get lost in their imagination and maybe take them back to a simpler time.

I feel keeping the background clean and sparse, free of any landscape, means the essence of the narrative, the symbols and metaphors, and the children themselves are the focus of the attention of the viewer.

Background:
Born 1975 in New Zealand
Moved to Norwich, England in 1976
Now living and working in Perth, Scotland since 2005

Self taught artist painting commercially since 2007
Signed with Washington Green Fine Art Publishers in 2008
Turned Full-Time Professional artist in August 2009

Scott now exhibits widely throughout the UK.