Watercolor, acrylic and mix media artist, Montezuma Creek
Gilmore Scott grew up on the Navajo Nation doodling cartoon characters he saw on television. Teachers and peers encouraged him to pursue art as a career. Somewhere along the way he became a public lands forest firefighter and learned to look at the landscape he loves to portray in new ways.
“I definitely stayed away from the genre of what people called Native American or Indigenous art, where the colors are earth tones. The way people portray deserts is kind of bland. I think, boy, you haven’t seen the colors out here in the desert. If you were here in the morning or the late evening the shadows and colors – the blues, the purples, and the reds – just jump out at you. That’s what I really enjoy.”