Scott W. Prior, is a native of Southern California. As a kid growing up in Costa Mesa, he was interested in skateboarding, surfing, and BMX. To help with the boredom of being injured from these hobbies, his mother gave him a sketch pad and some charcoal pencils. Scott’s been drawing and painting ever since.
Prior studied illustration and painting at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. At the Academy, he studied under artists Craig Nelson, Bill Maughan and Hui Han Lui, where he learned higher artistic ideals through intensive study while developing a solid foundation of design, drawing and painting.
Fast forward to today, where he is known for his mastery of painting light, form and structure. Focusing on contemporary urban/genre painting, as well as figurative and portrait painting.
Scott is a Signature Artist member with the California Art Club and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. He has been awarded and recognized many magazines, organizations and shows. Last year, Prior was featured in the “Three to Watch” section of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine. He’s been awarded by the Portrait Society of America and in October of 2013, he won the Best in Show Award, at the prestigious 15th Annual Laguna Plein Air Painting Invitational.
He is currently exhibiting at Helena Fox Fine Art, Charleston, SC