Artist Iris Scott proves that finger painting isn’t just for kids. The painter has opted out of using brushes and, instead, chosen to slip on a pair of latex gloves and dip her protected hands into some paint. The artist first discovered her finger painting talents as an adult on an artistic retreat in Taiwan, where the high temperatures led her to settle indoors in her air-conditioned room where she could paint comfortably. Rather than leaving her pleasantly temperate quarters to clean her paintbrushes, a process which she is self-admittedly terrible at, Scott chose to start painting with her fingers.
Much like a professional pianist, the artist uses quick finger movements to manipulate her medium. Scott’s fine art masterpieces utilize her method’s quick, short finger strokes to produce lively images that are often filled with textured movement. She is, in essence, creating her own sort of concerto.
The artist’s process, though seemingly freehanded, is highly involved. Scott says, “Sketching and photography are very key. Sometimes its a photograph that provides the inspiration, and sometimes I just start sketching and develop the composition. In the evenings before painting days I stretch the canvas by hand, cover it with primer, and set it up in the studio for the following morning.”
All original paintings and prints are available to purchase through Scott’s shop.