Into the Deep

Residents of the South Shore’s coastal neighborhoods know all too well how Mother Nature can turn the ocean into a churning caldron of crashing waves. Similarly, Scituate artist Jess Hurley Scotts multi-dimensional images of waves appear to leap out of their frames.

Scott is a contemporary painter of land and seascapes. Her paintings are created on layers of clear acrylic panel, painted in reverse using acrylic and spray paint, and mounted in a customized acrylic frame giving the pieces a dimensional quality. Her work is focused on light and transparency and the illusion of space and its perception. Scott plays with the intricacies of the natural world, digital technology, and new materials in her paintings. The result is bold realism and a unique interpretation of landscape in paint and pane. Her scale ranges from near miniature scale vignettes to dramatic, sweeping seascapes. She recently wrapped up an exhibit titled “Wave Lengths” at the Lucky Finn Café in Scituate Harbor (exhibit ends November 4).

Scott was a muralist as a teenager and received her BFA from Syracuse University in 2000. Afterwards, she lived in New York City, and later Boston, working as a designer for 14 years in home products and started experimenting with painting on glass and later acrylic. She further developed her technique building dioramic paneled pieces. Scott is member of the American Society of Marine Artists and is represented by the South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA and the Cambridge Art Association in Cambridge.

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