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Art at the Hive

Michael Scott Art Exhibit

View the first artist exhibit at Babcock Ranch.  Now showing from September 18 through March 18 in the public spaces of The Hive.  Contact Lisa at [email protected] for more information.

The Window Washer

I was struck by the image of a young girl washing a window one morning in a Chattanooga gallery.  The image triggered memories of people in different parts of the world sweeping their dirt floors each morning, cleaning what little they had and taking pride in the doing.  This was the thought behind this piece.

Acrylic on Canvas $850

Bodie Island Light

I tell my students to never paint from memory yet that is exactly what was done here.  I lived on the Outer Banks of North Carolina for twenty years and for fifteen of those years I taught wooden boat building for the College of the Albemarle.  Each student built a Sharpie or a skiff as rendered here.  I’ve seen hundreds of these retired working skiffs shoved into the weeds to rot in place.  I know them well enough to paint from memory.  I chose the setting as a testament to the dangerous environment the local waterman and their boats work in.  In the background is the Bodie Island Lighthouse which exists on the south side of the Oregon Inlet.  The inlet, along with Diamond Shoals offshore, has claimed many boats and men.  A majority of the victims washed ashore on Bodie Island.  Still, I chose a beautiful day as most of them are in this very special place.

Acrylic on Canvas 36 x 48     $2000

Flowers and Rust

I have a soft spot for discarded things. As I traveled out west I saw many an old car, truck or tractor that had stopped being useful years ago yet they were proudly displayed along the fences that lined the road. They sat there with respect for services rendered, serving as their own headstones. This piece is one of a long series of these old-timers.

Acrylic on Canvas 18 x 24     SOLD

No Swimming

I believe this one speaks for itself. It seems like the more I plan a painting the better chance it will evolve the way it wants to be painted and I’m just along for the ride. This is one of those. I had a very clear picture in my mind of the painting, a head-on view of a gator just off-center with just a bit of its’ head showing. I’m still scratching my head as to how this happened. Maybe I’ll get to paint the one I want next time.

Acrylic on Panel 18 x 48     $1500

Pea Pod

My first day in La Paz, BCS I saw this tender pulled up on the beach at Pichilingue. The boat is a Pea Pod and seemed to beg me to paint it. It fits in with my overall theme of solitude and loneliness.

Acrylic on Canvas 18 x 24     $400

Proper Skiff

I love to row a good skiff, especially early in the morning before sunrise when the water is like glass. A finely built little boat and a well-made set of oars in my hand are a simple joy. This piece is one of my personal favorites for these reasons.

Acrylic on Canvas 16 x 20     $450

Sea Buoy

I wanted this piece to command a room without overpowering it. I also wanted the viewer to make up their own story so I left elements out so they could fill in. Are they passing the sea buoy on their way home or are they bound for Georges Banks, or maybe it’s the last voyage of the last of their kind?

Acrylic on Canvas 72 x 48     $4500


Another rusting monument spied out West. Just a small RFD truck but, what fights has it fought? A life of tough battles, brush fires, smoke, and heat, with a crew that polished it back at the firehouse. Its’ name is now faded off the door, anonymous, literally put out to pasture but, a testament to an honest life well lived.

Acrylic on Canvas 36 x 48     $3000


This boat has been painted by myself twice. I saw her every day for eighteen years out the back doors of my boat shop and as I sailed past the old Salty Dog Marina on Roanoke Island. Lookout began her life as a Union munitions boat in the Civil War and when I knew her she was the oldest working tug in the world. Shortly before I left the island her engine was pulled out of her and she was offered to me for sale. I gave her a look over and decided the cost to restore was far more than I could pay. The Smithsonian Institute gave her a look with an eye to restoring her to her original munitions boat configuration but, they came to the same conclusion. In the end, she was given a proper burial at sea, adding to the Living Reef Project off the coast of North Carolina. Though she was never mine, I miss her.

Acrylic on Panel 23 x 48     $1500


This little painting is a combination of memories. A friend’s old Navy lifeboat converted to a great sailboat and the first voyage with my wife where the weather was so bad that for over forty days we counted waterspouts like license plates on a family trip. The exhilaration of a great sail is what I hope the viewer takes away from this piece.

Acrylic on Canvas 16 x 20     $400

Broken Sky

This is a simple view of a shrimp boat in the area of Charleston, South Carolina. Maybe a comment on a dyeing family business and a boat that is long in the tooth.

Acrylic on Canvas 18 x 24     $400

About the Artist

Michael Scott

Michael Scott’s love of art began with the gift of a set of pastels, living in Cuba, at the age of 4 years. His first job was as a political and editorial cartoonist and illustrator for one of the Detroit daily newspapers. He was soon offered the position of Art Director for a Dallas advertising agency. That began 25 years in and around advertising illustration. Michael has worked for clients such as General Motors, The Dallas Cowboys, First National in Dallas, The National Motor Club, Atlas Powder Co and many more.

Eventually, he opened his own studio and advertising production house serving various advertising firms in Detroit and South Florida as well as many other clients. Tiring of commercial work he opened a gallery and art school in Florida teaching classes for a small college. Michael began to devote all his time to fine art and teaching over 25 years ago.

Michael has won many awards and his work hangs in corporate offices and finer homes throughout the nation.

Contact Michael Scott at [email protected]