40 Prominent People | Scott Christensen

Scott Christensen
Painter • Victor, ID

Scott Christensen

Distinction: A preeminent landscape painter, Christensen has inspired countless artists with his accomplished works.
What are some of the biggest changes you’ve seen in the art world during your career? With our fast pace of living, which now includes the instant gratification of online social networking and Internet shopping, I believe we are too quick to market our work. I’ve recognized that in myself, and now I work to slow that pace and make better decisions about when a painting is finished and ready to sell.
How do you define success? It’s not just the art, it’s the art of living and finding a balance and a full identity in life—work hard, play hard, and love the ones you’re with!
People would be surprised to learn that … I wrestle with painting now more than ever. It takes much more thought and facility to orchestrate a painting toward completion.
Where do you find inspiration? In the outdoors and in sharing life’s experiences—through experience and observation.
What role has Southwest Art magazine played in your career? Southwest Art has published many articles on my work over the history of my career, particularly in the early years.
Describe yourself in one word. Persistent.
If your home or studio was on fire, what one thing would you save? My dog, Molly!
What do you hope to accomplish in the next 10 years? Higher standards.
Any regrets? The many locations I’ve passed up painting.
How would you like to be remembered? As genuine, trusting, and persistent, and as an artist who maintained high standards of excellence.
How would you describe your contribution to the genre of landscape painting? It’s important to me to give back, which is why I enjoy teaching workshops. Trying to help others grow in their genre is of great value to me.

Featured in “40 Prominent People” in May 2011.