We had the good fortune of connecting with Scott Jeffries and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Scott, what are you inspired by?
More and More I am getting inspiration by focusing on the present moment. I definitely have fallen victim of focusing on the past or worrying about the future and when I do that the am missing out on so much. A great cloud, the smell of the rain, an important special conversation with someone in my life is lost when i am not paying attention. As as Artist I draw my inspiration from a position of gratitude that I am blessed to be doing what I’ve always wanted to do an actually get paid for it. I’m constantly inspired by the people in my life that are creative, positive people who are selfless and are looking to help others. I surround myself with these type of people so their positivity my rub off on me an I can be a reflection of what they do the best that I can.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a self-taught contemporary artist. I am currently a resident artist with the Zero Empty Spaces Project in the Boca Raton Studio. I’ve always had a vivid imagination. I’ve been doodling since I was a kid and now that I’m an adult i haven’t found any good reason to stop and evolve. I think my art is very distinct and that if you see a painting by me you would know its one of mine before you ever see my signature . My paintings today have been inside me my whole life and now I have the space and time to put them on canvas. I love to be in the studio The fact that others find some joy in my work is an absolute blessing and is something that I do not take for granted and am completely grateful. I was an all-american athlete in high school and college, I spent my early adult life practicing law in Pennsylvania, In 2006 i got clean and sober after my life went down the drain abusing drugs and alcohol. All of these experiences have informed my life and my art My art is not afraid to be outside the lines. I am not hindered by perfection.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I spent a fair amount of time with the amazing photographer Brian Mcswain www.Brianmcswain.com while he photographs all over Miami. We have walked miles and miles all over. There is so much culture and vitality. I would not pass up the King Jerk Food truck on 7th ave. I would find my way to the Rubell Art Museum, Little Havana and Little Haiti and of course South beach. Wynnwood is great for the art on the walls.. Give yourself sometime to enjoy some art and do something new. Drink Cuban Coffee and just sit and listen to the sounds around you. Do not overdue anything. Enjoy what is in front of you and don’t worry about what’s going to happen next
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This shoutout is dedicated to Trina Slade-Burkes and the No More Starving Artist Foundation. Trina is the creator and President of the Foundation. In 2018 she established a 501 (c)3 whose mission is to build the legacies for artists from Palm Beach County. The vision is to help artists in Palm Beach County be sustainable by providing opportunities and services. She is an educator, a visionary and has been a mentor to me in the Art Community, I was honored when she invited me to join to board to assist her in pursuit of the mission.
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