From the glories of nature to the playfulness of sled dogs to the smile of a child, Scott Kennedy has journeyed all over the American and Canadian wilderness to discover there’s no place like home. Beginning his artistic career capturing watercolor adventure in the wilds, he made a purposeful transition to acrylics to share the joys of camping, hiking, dog sledding, fishing and family. "Acrylic colors can be layered so that they remind me of stained glass," he says, "inspiring me to paint images that are more intimate as well as majestic." Frequent childhood camping trips with his father instilled in him a reverence for the outdoors. Frequent lessons with his artist mother taught him line, color and perspective, starting at the age of three. He originally intended to work toward a dual major in wildlife biology and art at Colorado State University, but soon art proved the more attractive. He was not at a loss for subject matter, starting with his own experiences white water rafting and exploring the wild. His work reflected his love and understanding of both wild places and the creatures who inhabit them—including the people who respect nature. Soon, however, the growth of his family and the inclusion of loyal pets brought Kennedy’s attention down from the mountains and many collectors are devoted to his heartwarming portraits of frisky sled dogs as well as siblings learning from each other or their parents. Now Kennedy’s art of both the great outdoors and the joys of home is collected in America and more than a dozen countries around the world. "It’s not only a pleasure for me," he says, "but also an act of reverence to paint what I see around me."
Here are two moments in the life of a Samoyed puppy. One is a family portrait with the pup close to his mom and pop but looking forward to exploring. The second pictures the ermine he meets during his first trip outside. Both images gave me the chance to work with subtle color and shadow in elegant white on white images.