Figurative painter, Scott Gelander picked up a starter oil painting set “just for fun” in May of 2017.  His thought was to maybe try his hand at painting a flower as a gift for his mother.  Scott was 55 years old at the time, had not painted since elementary school art class and had zero expectations.

 Instead of a flower for mom, he  painted this lady in a flowing dress. For half the painting he used the few brushes that came in the set, the other half was created with the plastic palette knife included in the set for mixing colors. This first painting was the start of a deep passion for the art and THE step in a journey Scott says he will savor for the rest of his life.

 Painting with zest has been constant since that day.  He was hooked. He quickly added to his painting supplies, bought books on oil painting, watched countless YouTube instruction videos, but mostly, Scott painted.   Two years later, he took three art classes at Palette & Chisel in Chicago, to learn from professional instruction.  “I’ll be forever grateful for learning under teachers that have dedicated their careers to painting,” Scott says.

 His attraction to portraiture and figurative painting started with the body and skin tones, and then moved on to faces.  As he painted, Scott wondered if he would find his style…  Little did he know he had found his style and passion in that first painting!  “My love is painting fashionable women, their style and emotions.” 

 This gallery collection takes you along on Scott’s journey.  The numbers following the titles on the Original Artworks for Sale  represent the order they were painted and those painted while in quarantine are noted with a Q after 2020. 


A Peek at the Process