Scottsdale Public Art

Temporary Art


Image above: Summer's Peak by Scott Turner, oil pastel on watercolor paper, 18”x 24”


105...110...120? Is it hot enough outside? It is nice and cool up North.


Up there the cold wind snaps your senses to full attention.The light is sharper. You can see farther. The sky is blue, the air is crisp. You feel alive.


Scott Turner was raised in Anchorage, Alaska and knows the cold. His North series is a collection of chilly snowcapped peaks, frozen glaciers and other scenes of life above the 60th parallel that will bring down the temperature of perception. Turner began his artistic career after moving to Phoenix in 2003, shortly after receiving a gift of oil pastels from his son with a note that said, “Draw me a picture, Dad”. His unique artistic style is achieved with unusual tools: phillips-head screwdrivers, a 6” wide sheet-rock taping knife, a custom shaped palette knife, and his fingers. In addition to his career as an artist, he has worked for the City of Scottsdale as a Building Inspector since 2005.

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