From my roots as a representational plein-air painter to some of my recent works of a more expressive and abstract nature, I have been fortunate to have traveled, lived, painted, and experienced many places. These days I use the skills I have developed over my 38 year pursuit, along with spontaneous intuition, abstraction, and symbolism, to capture the essence of nature and how I identify with my subjects – I want to fall in to the land dreaming rather than conquer it.
The goal in my work is images of who we really are; or at times of emotions produced in us. Sometimes my paintings expose nakedness rather than cover it up. They can be like a mirror and change according to who is viewing them. Besides a story with accompanying symbolism, I purpose to have an equally compelling abstract quality which I hope communicates directly to the soul.
I attempt in my work to be true to myself; some pieces are about my daily musings and encounters, some about ancient stories with a little personal symbolism thrown in. I want to capture cosmic feelings which are not always rational. Though much of what I currently paint is about inner landscape, I still like to paint natural beauty that inspires me as well. And always, aesthetics and color are primary.
Oil paintings by Scott Switzer have been shown widely in regional and national exhibition since 1989. His work is included in numerous Oiate and corporate collections.
Switzer’s “Torah Series”, an imaginative evocation of the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, in an epic series of fifty-four paintings, and 16 additional large scale canvases, “Related”, were selected in 2014 for inclusion in a national museum placement program and have been the subject of several one person exhibitions.
Switzer has had solo and two-person exhibitions at Chase Family Gallery, Mandell JCC of Greater Hartford, West Hartford, CT; Peninsula Jewish Community Center, Foster City, CA; Teilbaum Center for the Arts, Addison-Penzak JCC of Silcon Valley, Los Gatos, CA; Meyer Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; Gallery at Shoal Creek, Austin; Turner Gallery, Denver; Trailside Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ and Jackson Hole, WY; and Artique Gallery, Anchorage, AK. His group exhibitions include Mockingbird Gallery, Bend, OR; Dana Gallery, Missoula, MT; and Chaparral Fine Art, Bozeman, MT.