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Featured Artist: Scott Daryn Tillett

“I’ve tried many of Ampersand’s surfaces, but the Pastelbord seemed to compliment my technique the best.  They are truly the best surface I’ve ever used.  As long as you guys keep making them, I’ll keep using them.” ~Scott Daryn Tillett

The Spirit Within
Timeless Serenade

Colored pencil artist, Scott Daryn Tillett works his brilliant, detailed pieces through a tried and true formula, but with an interesting twist on his subject matter.  Even though his creations are built with careful planning, layout, and technical knowledge, Scott’s mystical imagery comes to him from the dreamworld.  The highly detailed designs he creates are first sketched out in his morning routine through a dream sketchbook, kept by the bedside.  He explains, “I keep a dream sketchbook next to my bed that I sketch in every morning.  I take those sketches and fine tune them into a final work.  My subject matter changes depending on what dreams I have an how interesting I think other people might find them.  Most of my dreams include some type of nature, usually with spiritual overtones.”  This couldn’t be more evident than in his most recent work, Timeless Serenade and The Spirit Within.

Scott has been working in colored pencil for years, finding it to be his favorite medium, and building it up smoothly in layers to appear as oil paint, like the old Masters’ work.  He began his study in colored pencil by trying layers with a soft touch, working on paper, testing out several brands of pencil, and finally changing up his surface.  He shares further, “I use Prismacolor pencils exclusively because of a wax binder they put into their pencils. I’ve tried the oil based pencils but they didn’t seem to blend as well when using a heavy approach. With this in mind, I started applying the wax pigment with more force, completely covering my surface with color and not allowing the color of the support to show through. Back in those days, I was using paper, and I quickly realized that I was going to need a paper that had a lot of tooth so that I could apply heavy layer over heavy layer without destroying the paper. There are quite a few heavy papers on the market, and one of the best that fit my new technique nicely is sanded paper. I created a couple of works on this surface with good results but I was still not completely satisfied because now that the artwork was finished, it required some protection as the art was created on paper. I really didn’t want to go through the expense of having to mat and frame my work behind glass, so I set out to find a surface that would compliment my technique as well as allow me to varnish and frame my artwork like an oil painting. This is when I discovered Ampersand.” 

Crimson Window


Scott’s work was recently featured in two colored pencil magazines last month, Colored Pencil Magazine and in Color Magazine.  Scott posts his most recent work, exhibition information, and sales information through his regularly updated Facebook page:  Artistic Visions of Scott Daryn Tillett.

All things Ampersand, 
Karyn Meyer-Berthel 
Artist & Social Media Specialist 
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