The Creations of Scott Gearheart

 
 
 

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Scott Gearheart

The Creations of Scott Gearheart

Portland, OR

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At 15, Scott suffered a spinal cord injury while playing ice hockey, a sport he’d played since he was five. This left him “medically defined” as a c4 quadriplegic.

Scott admits he can be a bit bull-headed at times. He refused to paint following his accident, because he didn’t want to hold the brushes using his mouth. To him, painting without using his hands would be as if he’d given in to being a quadriplegic. He didn’t want that! Unless he could paint like “normal” people, he didn’t want to paint at all. And so he didn’t.

Finally, in 2003, after much prodding from family and friends, he decided to swallow his pride and try painting. Of course, he first tried holding the brush with his hands. But it didn’t work; the brush fell out of his hand upon the slightest pressure from the canvas. He tried again, but this time holding the brush with his teeth. It worked! The canvas took the paint. So he kept at it. Six months later he completed his first painting.

Painting now occupies a bulk of Scott’s time and energy. He says that every piece he does, whether a 5” x 7” or wall-size, receives the same attention. Each of his paintings has spent hours upon hours weighing on his mind.

Scott calls on his life, his experiences, and his emotions when developing the idea for a painting. He says that there is no time during the day when he is not thinking about one of his pieces. He has between 2 to 3 conceptual ideas for new pieces running through his mind at all times.

Because of the way he paints and the toll it takes on his body (his neck, jaw, and back all become exhausted after a couple of hours painting), it takes Scott between 4 to 8 weeks to complete a project. Often times, a piece can take up to 12 weeks to complete because Scott might insert a break into the process in order to reflect and recharge.

 

Peninsula Park by Scott Gearheart

 

Caution by Scott Gearheart

 

My Path by Scott Gearheart

 

City Nights by Scott Gearheart

 

Amazing Grace 2 by Scott Gearheart

 

Midnight at the Lake by Scott Gearheart

 

Winter Storm by Scott Gearheart

 

Front Row Seats by Scott Gearheart

 

The City And The Sky by Scott Gearheart

 

Deep Breath by Scott Gearheart

 

View From Cannon Beach by Scott Gearheart

 

Flip Flops Optional by Scott Gearheart

 

The Road Traveled by Scott Gearheart

 

A Quiet Summer's Night on the Farm by Scott Gearheart

 

A Message From Spring by Scott Gearheart

 

The Curtain Draws Closed by Scott Gearheart

 

Red Flower by Scott Gearheart

 

Friday at 3 pm by Scott Gearheart

 

Warm Springs Morning by Scott Gearheart

 

The Big Tree and the Yellow Path by Scott Gearheart

 

Amazing Grace 1 by Scott Gearheart

 

Hood from Civic by Scott Gearheart

 

Windy October Day by Scott Gearheart

 

A Fresh Cup of Daydreams by Scott Gearheart

 

View from the Deck of Cabin One by Scott Gearheart

 

Frothy Goodness by Scott Gearheart

 

October in Portland by Scott Gearheart

 

Origin of Species by Scott Gearheart