Scott Harding was born in 1965 in San Antonio, Texas. His passion for art began at an early age when he spent much of his time drawing. His need to draw continued through his school years, often getting him in trouble when his teachers caught him sketching in class. Studying both here and abroad, Harding received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree through the Honors Painting Program at Indiana University, Bloomington in 1989, then moved to Chicago and began a professional career in illustration and the graphic arts.
Never far from his easel, Harding continued his education, learning from some of the best in the industry. He studied at the American Academy of Art and with modern masters through workshops and private tutoring. He has been active in many art organizations through the years including the National Oil & Acrylics Painters Society, the Oil Painters of America and the American Artists Professional League.
To date, Harding’s work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and highlighted in many shows including several one-man shows. In 2003 he entered his first national and international competitions and his works have won several awards including “Best of Show” at the Oil Painters of America Midwest Regional Show, the “Nichols Taos Fine Art Gallery Award” at the American Impressionist Society’s National Show and “Best Painting from Life” at the National Oil & Acrylics Painters Society Exhibition . His work hangs in both private and corporate collections around the world.
Harding is fascinated with the effects of light on the world around us and marvels that a moment in time, captured by color and composition, can strike an emotional chord. His paintings reflect a wide range of subject matter, and his style is realistic, with an impressionistic touch. Harding’s medium of choice is oil; his works also include pencil, charcoal, watercolor, pastel and intaglio printing.
Each day Harding seizes the challenge of capturing his view of the world on canvas - a timeless reminder of his passion for life.