Artist Writer Poet Philosopher
Michael Scott’s early years in rural Gloucestershire laid the foundation for his lifelong interest in landscape and wildlife. Although he qualified as a biologist and acquired a PhD at university, his feeling for the beauties and tragedies of nature was diverted for years by his agricultural research and, eventually, senior management posts. He became a part-time field botanist and ornithologist, and developed his skills as a landscape painter, which activities counterpoised the commercial environment.
Early retirement made it possible to spread and intensify the activities which nourished his soul. In the last twenty-five years Michael worked in the personal development field and became a poet and novelist alongside his passion for painting. His first novels, the ‘Fairley Quartet’ and ‘Imago’, carried the themes of his new life, while later novels such as ‘Brothers’ and ‘Nirvana Highway’, also draw upon his experience of Transpersonal Psychology. Works such as, ‘2055’ and ‘Siren Voices’, address what many see as the current breakdown of our civilization. Michael’s book, ‘The Inward Eye’, presents a retrospective of over 80 of his paintings with explanatory texts.
Sadly, Michael passed away on July 27th 2016. Michael’s paintings and books are a reflection of a man who applied his enormous intellect to questioning the meaning of life, the universe and humankind. Within his paintings Michael demonstrated great skill in conveying the beauty within his subject while often offering the viewer a perspective that provokes expansion of thinking. It was a privilege to spend time in his company and he will remain forever greatly missed by those who knew him well.