Jazz fans know Scott Anthony as the leader and banjoist-guitarist of the Golden Gate Rhythm Machine and a key member of Bob Schultz’s Frisco Jazz Band. Previously he was the intermission entertainer at Turk Murphy’s club, Earthquake McGoon’s, for eight years. Of late, a talent he developed in college has brought him renewed recognition and honors as a graphic artist specializing in watercolors, acrylics, and serigraphs.
As Scott explains on his website (www.santhony.com/wordpress), “I began painting in my main, preferred medium – watercolor – in 1967 during my second year at Dartmouth College. To my surprise, a local Hanover, NH gallery almost immediately approached me offering to display my paintings, and within a year, to both their and my delight, I had developed a pretty extensive list of collectors. Besides welcoming the unanticipated income, I fell completely in love with the process of sketching the structures and landscapes of New Hampshire and Vermont and then translating the sketches into finished paintings.”
“As a bonus, my observations of nature and subsequent painting seemed a perfect compliment to my chosen major in Biology specializing in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. I began to look at almost every landscape or view of the landscape as a possible subject for a painting, unconsciously rearranging and filtering elements of the scene.”
“My ultimate motivation for painting has always been my intense desire to share the beauty and unity of the natural world. I want people to feel the same joy and excitement that I do when a beautiful scene suddenly pops into view. I love exploring how the sun spotlights a rocky headland with an orange glow in the late afternoon as the fog rolls in, or how noon-time backlight creates blue-purple shadows under the edge of a desert mesa.”