Scott W. Prior is a native of Southern California. When he was young, he was interested in skateboarding, surfing, and BMX. To help with the boredom of being injured from these hobbies, his mother gave him a sketch pad and some charcoal pencils. Prior has been drawing and painting ever since.
He studied illustration and painting at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. There he learned higher artistic ideals from Craig Nelson, Bill Maughan, and Hui Han Lui and developed a solid foundation of design, drawing, and painting.
Today, Prior is known for his mastery of painting light, form, and structure. He focuses on contemporary urban/genre painting, as well as figurative portrait painting.
He has been elected as a Signature Artist for the California Art Club and is a current member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. Prior has been recognized by many magazines, organizations, and shows. Last year, he was featured in the “Three to Watch” section of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine. He also won an award at the 15th Annual Laguna Plein Air Painting Invitational.