Arts

Artist of the Week: Scott Chreist

Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it’s also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at hello@seattlerefined.com. And if you’re wondering just what constitutes art, that’s the beauty of it; it’s up to you! See all of our past Artists of the Week in our dedicated section.

Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating? What mediums do you work with?
Scott Chreist: I began painting in November of 2020 — acrylic and canvas.

Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
When painting, I visit fragments of memories and emotion while encouraging the tension between acrylic paint and the canvas texture. It is a collaboration between the materials and my mind. I am fascinated by moments I’ve experienced that ache in my memory. When painting, my mind visits these memories, sometimes lingering, sometimes staying only to gain a feeling or recall an experience. These memories negotiate with my expression. With most of my work, I recall a memory, then select key colors as my palette.

Tell us about where your inspiration for your art comes from.
Feelings, memories and visuals my eye/brain collects as go wander around.

Do you have a specific “beat” you like best – nature, food, profiles, etc.?
Water, Earth and the sky play a role in the mix. I’m not entirely sure how to explain it.

Do you have one piece of art that means more to you or is extremely special to you?
#001, the very first painting I made. I was shocked at what came out on the canvas on my very first try. No training, no education, just my mind saying, “do it this way.” Added to that, the reaction from people who saw it put me on this path.

What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
Oh, that is a huge question. The box of emotions is wide and varied. I’ve also traveled a lot. Not luxury travel, more like adventure travel where things go wrong often, and that leads to more adventure. Sometimes the “adventures” get to be too much, and I head home. I was a difficult kid. I had to learn things my own way, and was a pretty rough road at times. I also met people along the way that have had tremendous impact on my experience. Roaming Italy and exploring in Russia, getting lost in Peru, all these things have left a mark on me.

If we want to see more of your work, where should we go to find it?
Instagram @scottchreist and website scottchreist.com. I show pieces at places all over the Puget Sound region, restaurants, dental offices, pubs, etc. Lonely Walls is a neat little company that is working to help artists find walls around the area that are off the beaten track.

What is next for you? Anything you’re working on right now that you’re really excited about?
I am trying to keep up with demand a bit. Trying to prepare for exhibits and shows from Wenatchee to Tacoma and points in-between. Art-wise, my canvases are getting larger. I like having a lot of canvas to play with. When I say larger, I mean I’m now working on a number of 48×48 pieces and a few larger than that. I have this roll of canvas staring at me, taunting me. I’ve also begun building my own frames, which, it turns out, is also pretty fun!

Lastly, how do you take your coffee? (We ask everyone!)
I like my coffee black with a bit of cold water added right before drinking it.

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