Raised in Lander, Wyoming,
Scott Christensen settled in Jackson and became a successful
painter at an early age. However, he never began painting until
he was in college, but he credits his basic interest to seeing
his wheel-chair bound grandfather painting.
Christensen nearly had
the same fate as he fractured a vertebra in a college football
game and switched his energy to art from a consuming passion
for sports. His initial dedication to art came from standing
on a stream bank in western Nebraska, where it was quiet and
beautiful. From that time, he studied numerous painting styles
including Impressionism, Classicism, and Realism. He also viewed
works by friend Dan Gerhartz and Swedish painter Anders Zorn,
whose paintings taught him to soften edges.
Christensen has also
been much influenced by Russian painters Isaac Levitan and Ilya
Repin. He creates both plein-air and studio paintings from quickly
done field sketches, and travels widely in the western United
States, roaming the outdoors with a field box, a few tubes of
paint and many sheets of canvas board.
Scott has won many awards
along the way in his career.