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Scott Reuman - Fine Artist

Scott Reuman

Nederland, CO - United States

 
 
 

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Scott Reuman

Nederland, CO - United States

Scott Reuman - Fine Artist

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Artist's Statement

We are all artists. The artist is there, awaiting release.
Two things — the hidden artist in all of us and a reverence for all things — guide me as woodworker, sculptor, painter, writer and even in previous lives (biomedical engineer and physicist). The materials I work with (wood, metal, stone and some synthetics) react to me just as I react to them, a reciprocity of reverence. If I see the beauty in a piece of wood, that beauty resonates, growing more magnificent. Wood may not “talk” back but it lets me know how to use it, how to show its best characteristics. These moments of communication are the photosynthesis of my art: the foundation energy that sustains me. Technique, that element somewhat akin to wisdom, comes only when the artist's soul is firmly attached to pen, brush, knife or chisel. Like great improvisational jazz, each brush or chisel stroke is another “note” waiting to be realized. This circle from artist to reverence to materials to tools and back to artist, is an infinite loop. Its driving energy may be the artist, or Mother Nature may be that engine since all elements of tools/artist/materials are hers. Ulysses said, “I am a part of all that I have known.” Quantum physics says the same. Does the artist create the art, or vice versa? When I work with wood, fabricating sculpture or furniture, I am just a tool of Nature holding a tool of steel, feeling my way into my heart and that of a tree.
Certain elements reappear in my work: flowing forms, curves, the contrast of mixed materials (stone and wood, wood and metal, etc.), river imagery and water. 40 years as kayaker and backpacker have certainly added their influence. Wild things, diversity, human insignificance in the universe, all serve as inspiration.
Some characteristic of the materials I work with often sparks an idea: weaving grain of wood, translucency of marble, topographic surfaces of bent metal, spectral colors of paints. The wood for a sideboard made of rare African muninga showed variations in tone that suggested changes in thickness, almost like shadow lines. The design evolved to emphasize those tonal changes. By cutting curves on the surface of otherwise straight pieces of wood, the
structure became both straight and curved, like the wood, and like the tree.
Another project evolved from familiarity with substance. I used to build kayaks from fiberglass. Resins used in fiberglass are translucent like the water on which those boats ride. In a spruce coffee table, tall lamp and door I built flowing inlay of glowing, blue resin — water floating in wood, a reversal of expectations.
My work, then, is born in the unconscious, heated in the forge of mind, fueled by a life of observation, and tempered by the heart.

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RiverLights   tm by Scott Reuman
 

RiverLights tm by Scott Reuman

RiverLights   tm by Scott Reuman
 

RiverLights tm by Scott Reuman

RiverLights   tm by Scott Reuman
 

RiverLights tm by Scott Reuman

RiverLights   tm by Scott Reuman
 

RiverLights tm by Scott Reuman

RiverLights   tm by Scott Reuman
 

RiverLights tm by Scott Reuman

Carved mirror frame by Scott Reuman
 

Carved mirror frame by Scott Reuman

Carved mirror frame by Scott Reuman
 

Carved mirror frame by Scott Reuman

Carved mirror frame by Scott Reuman
 

Carved mirror frame by Scott Reuman

Carved mirror frame by Scott Reuman
 

Carved mirror frame by Scott Reuman

Wood Art Today Two by Scott Reuman
 

Wood Art Today Two by Scott Reuman

Wood Art Today back cover by Scott Reuman
 

Wood Art Today back cover by Scott Reuman

Wood Art Today by Scott Reuman
 

Wood Art Today by Scott Reuman

New Book Wood Art Today by Scott Reuman
 

New Book Wood Art Today by Scott Reuman

Confluence dining table by Scott Reuman
 

Confluence dining table by Scott Reuman

Confluence dining table by Scott Reuman
 

Confluence dining table by Scott Reuman

Confluence dining table by Scott Reuman
 

Confluence dining table by Scott Reuman

Sideboard     part of Formal Dining room project by Scott Reuman
 

Sideboard part of Formal Dining room project by Scott Reuman

Formal dining room in mahogany by Scott Reuman
 

Formal dining room in mahogany by Scott Reuman

Pages 178 And 179 by Scott Reuman
 

Pages 178 And 179 by Scott Reuman

Studio Furniture.  Todays Leading Woodworkers by Scott Reuman
 

Studio Furniture. Todays Leading Woodworkers by Scott Reuman

River Drive by Scott Reuman
 

River Drive by Scott Reuman

Purple River Door and Drive by Scott Reuman
 

Purple River Door and Drive by Scott Reuman

Entertainment center with River Panel by Scott Reuman
 

Entertainment center with River Panel by Scott Reuman

Entertainment center with River Panel by Scott Reuman
 

Entertainment center with River Panel by Scott Reuman

Blue Wave by Scott Reuman
 

Blue Wave by Scott Reuman

Blue Wave by Scott Reuman
 

Blue Wave by Scott Reuman

Music stand detail by Scott Reuman
 

Music stand detail by Scott Reuman

Music stand by Scott Reuman
 

Music stand by Scott Reuman

Inlaid window valances by Scott Reuman
 

Inlaid window valances by Scott Reuman

Inlaid window valances by Scott Reuman
 

Inlaid window valances by Scott Reuman

Inlaid window valances by Scott Reuman
 

Inlaid window valances by Scott Reuman

Sunlight on the Water table by Scott Reuman
 

Sunlight on the Water table by Scott Reuman

Sunlight on the Water Table by Scott Reuman
 

Sunlight on the Water Table by Scott Reuman

All Who Wander by Scott Reuman
 

All Who Wander by Scott Reuman

All Who Wander by Scott Reuman
 

All Who Wander by Scott Reuman

Kitchen cabinetry by Scott Reuman
 

Kitchen cabinetry by Scott Reuman

Helicopter Eddy by Scott Reuman
 

Helicopter Eddy by Scott Reuman

Artifact Rattlesnake by Scott Reuman
 

Artifact Rattlesnake by Scott Reuman

Blossom Bar by Scott Reuman
 

Blossom Bar by Scott Reuman

Blossom Bar by Scott Reuman
 

Blossom Bar by Scott Reuman

Blossom Bar by Scott Reuman
 

Blossom Bar by Scott Reuman

The Purple River Door by Scott Reuman
 

The Purple River Door by Scott Reuman

The Purple River Door by Scott Reuman
 

The Purple River Door by Scott Reuman

Murphy bed by Scott Reuman
 

Murphy bed by Scott Reuman

Murphy bed by Scott Reuman
 

Murphy bed by Scott Reuman

River Table by Scott Reuman
 

River Table by Scott Reuman

Reflections on Water by Scott Reuman
 

Reflections on Water by Scott Reuman

Reflections on Water by Scott Reuman
 

Reflections on Water by Scott Reuman

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