Scott Wells is a native San Diegan now living in Colorado.
I was born and raised in San Diego, California and developed a passion for wild and remote places at an early age from spending time fishing in places as diverse as Lake Poway to Mammoth Lakes, and off the boats at Fisherman’s Landing. Fishing, whether it was for bass, trout, salmon or yellowtail took hold early on and has driven me ever since. Throughout the course and fabric of my life Iʼve changed interests and job titles more times than Iʼd bother to count, but my passion for the outdoors has remained a constant thread.
In 1996 I moved to Colorado after having seen my fair share of the Pacific and the Sierras. New mountain ranges and rivers called and Iʼve spent the time since exploring every inch. Colorado became home and I suddenly had the playground Iʼd always pined for close at hand.
My passion for the outdoors hasnʼt always been compatible with gainful employment and upward mobility. Iʼve been fired from a few jobs and walked off a couple more when something at work happened to conflict with a fishing trip or opening day of elk season. I have ruined a few relationships when my interests and theirs diverged.
In the summer of 2002 I found something I had given up looking for – a woman that would put up with me. As luck would have it, she put up with me for longer than anyone expected and in 2005 my wonderful wife Janet and I married. Before long our kick-ass son, Patrick arrived. Up to then Iʼd never thought any one thing could come between me and the river, and the mountains. The three of us built our home in 2007, settled down, and have been living the dream every day since. We share our home with 130lbs of fur, drool and love, an oversized Akita named Kuma.
Artwork has always been a close second to fishing. Sights and sounds that have the power to invoke emotion have always fascinated me. I stand in awe of the individuals talented enough to produce works of art or music that move me . Iʼve always dreamed of producing works that have that same effect in others. Towards that end, I combined my two passions and began printing fish in 2008. Printing fish appealed to my inherent fascination with nature’s creations. The metallic hues and incredibly vivid colors, shapes and patterns of fish are true artwork in themselves and my goal is to capture that art and present it to the viewer.
My artwork has brought a new dimension to my life, and has been the catalyst of several good friendships. I had the pleasure of meeting other like-minded individuals all over the world, some of whom I have met face to face, and some I have known only through written correspondence. I count them all as my friends and feel privileged to know each one of them.
Though I may never settle into a routine of any kind I do believe I have found my true calling and I believe my love of the outdoors and art will be a guiding force in whatever future endeavors I choose.
When Scott isn’t creating …