Scott Burdick was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1967 where his mother and father early on encouraged his interest in Art. "I spent a lot of time in hospitals as a child and remember my mother showing me how to transform simple shapes like circles, triangles, and squares into objects like planes, helicopters, and fish. It seemed such a magical thing and made spending so much time in casts and on crutches much more bearable."
In high school, Scott began taking life-drawing classes at the American Academy of Art under the legendary Bill Parks. "Though I'd always loved drawing, it was Mr. Parks who filled me with the enthusiasm and discipline necessary to improve my skills. His love of painting and creative expression infected us all." After finishing the Academy, Scott continued his study informally with Richard Schmid at the Palette and Chisel Art Club, where he met his wife, painter Susan Lyon. "It's a wonderful thing being able to paint together all the time and grow as artists together," Scott says.
His ideas for paintings come from everywhere. "What makes a subject attractive to me are the same things that attract us all. The beauty of a young girl, the character of a weathered face, the solitude of a farm at sunset, or even the story itself behind someone or something that makes it interesting." Scott believes it is the job of the artist to recognize this when it happens, analyze why, and use his technical skills to convey the feeling to someone else. He notes that some paintings are as simple as stopping at the sight of something interesting, while others may take more time to research than to actually paint.
Today, Scott and Susan live in a rural area of North Carolina. Surrounded by forests and the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, their house is a perfect resting place after the many trips they take throughout the world in search of subject matter to paint.
Special Note: In 2015, Scott authored “Nihala”, a Science Fiction novel available on Amazon, in paperback, audio and Kindle editions. He has also self-produced and published Online educational videos and published DVD’s through Lilidahl publications.
AWARDS: 1988 Top 100 - Arts for the Parks.
1992 Senator Martin J. Butler Award - Oil Painters of America.
1993 Charles Vickery Award - Oil Painters of America.
1994 Grumbacher Art Award - Oil Painters of America Top 200 - Arts for the Parks
Gilcrease Rendezvous Show - Demo Artist 1996 Silver Medal of Honor - Second Place American Watercolor Society Award of Excellence - Oil Painters of America
First Place - Irving Shapiro Memorial Show, Palette and Chisel 1999 Signature Member and Artist Merit Award – Northwest Rendezvous Show Artist's Choice Award – Laguna Plein-air-Painters exhibit at Laguna Museum 2001 Best of Show and Award of Merit – Western Rendezvous of Art (NWR)
2002 Best of Show and Award of Merit – Western Rendezvous of Art (NWR) Award of Merit – Laguna Plein-air-Painters exhibit at Laguna Museum
Grand Prize – International Artist Magazine's Painting People Competition 2003 Grand Prize – International Artist Magazine – “Yellow Marigold” Artist’s Choice Award – Laguna Plein-air-Painters exhibit at Laguna Museum
Merit – Western Rendezvous of Art (NWR) 2007 Best of Show – Western Rendezvous of Art
2010 First Place – Portrait Society of America
2013 Collectors' Reserve: Small Works Exhibition and Sale, Gilcrease Museum, USA, Tulsa
2015 Prix de West Show, The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Jackie L. Coles Buyers' Choice Award infraREAL - The Art of Imaginative Realism, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, 20th Street, Chelsea, NYC? 2017 On Faculty of the prestigious Portrait Society of America Many works by the artist have been sold at auction, including 'Susan' sold at Jackson Hole Art Auction '2011 Art Auction' in 2011
MEMBERSHIP AFFILIATIONS: The Palette and Chisel (Chicago, IL)
Northwest Rendezvous Show - Helena, Montana
Plein Air Painters of America
California Art Club ARTICLES: Betsy Schein Goldman, “Paintings that tell a Story”, American Artist, v.57, January 1993
Featured Artist - Scott Burdick, Art of the West, Jan/Feb 1994
Featured Artist - Scott Burdick, InformArt, November 1994
Scott Burdick, Watercolor Magic, Spring 1997 - Feature and Cover
Featured Artist - Scott Burdick, The Artist’s Magazine, Fall1997- Feature and Cover
Scott Burdick, Art Talk, November1997 - Feature and Cover
Featured Artist – Scott Burdick, Art of the West, July/August 1998
Margaret Brown, et al. “Shared Wisdom”, Southwest Art, v.28, June 1998
Feature Article, International Artists, 2000
Gussie Fauntleroy, “Painting the Figure”, Southwest Art v.30, Nov 2000
Plein Air Painting, International Artist 2001– part of group article on Plein Air Painting
Portfolio Alternatives, The Artist's Magazine 2001– part of article on Portfolio Alternatives
Feature & Cover Artist – Scott Burdick, The Artist’s Magazine, October 2001
Artist Couples, U.S. Art, January 2002
Artist Couples, Art Talk, June/July 2002
Scott Burdick in Nepal, Artist’s Sketchbook, September 2002
Stephen M. Doherty, “Scott Burdick and the Value of Drawing” American Artist, Sept 2002
Gussie Fauntleroy, “Painting the World”, Southwest Art, January 2003
The Creative Process, Artist’s Sketchbook, January 2003
Watercolor Magic, February 2003 – part of a group article
Artist's Sketchbook, July 2003 – part of a group article
Vicki Stavig, “Magnificent Seven” Art of the West, Jan/Feb 2004
“Quick Sketches”, American Artist, May 2004
“Composition”, American Artist, August 2006