North Carolina landscape artist Scott Boyle is a visual explorer, a promoter of plein air painting, and the founder of the North Carolina Plein Air Painters, which organizes numerous outdoor painting events around the state each year. Additionally, he teaches workshops and frequently speaks on subjects relating to outdoor painting.
While growing up in Indiana Scott was recognized to have unusual artistic abilities from a young age. He was fortunate to have parents who immersed him with opportunities to develop his talent with private lessons and years of study with traditional Brown County Artists in Indiana during his earlier years.
Scott moved to North Carolina in 1987, where his senses were awakened to the rich and subtle beauty of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. He soon discovered that painting small sketches outdoors was the best way to explore the landscape. He continues in the tradition, commonly known today as plein air painting, following after the tradition of the great 19th Century painters who used this outdoor process as an indispensable tool to produce more meaningful studio works.
For the past 8 years, Scott has made dozens of trips to the Roan Highlands Region, which encompasses numerous high country grassy balds along the NC/TN border. He backpacks with his painting gear to capture the visual drama at high elevations. During the winter, he produces large paintings in his studio from these experiences.
In 2010, Scott was included in the historical Blue Ridge Realists artist group whose work focuses on Western North Carolina scenes.
Scott currently lives in rural Gaston County, North Carolina with his wife, Esther.