Biography

Scott Denholm is an award winning contemporary ocean artist living on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. Scott began painting traditional landscape scenes in 1993, age 10 and received two years of tutoring from local artists. As a junior, Scott’s award winning landscapes showed a maturity in his style and technique years beyond his age. After moving to the Sunshine Coast in 1996 he took up surfing and immediately developed an infatuation and respect for the ocean. Later joining the famous Australia Zoo crew for 7 years, his interest and dedication to the environment led him on the path in 2011 to becoming the world’s first and only eco conscious surf artist.

Scott Denholm art

In his mid-twenties Scott had started to became aware of the health dangers and environmental impacts associated with traditional oil painting processes as well as the toxic, crude oil by-products used to make surfing equipment. Always striving for positive change, he decided to combine his passions and set out to find the most eco friendly products available and become both an eco conscious surfer and artist. After two years of researching, sourcing and testing eco art materials, he started painting surf scenes with the intention to share with the surfing community to help educate surfers and brands about the impacts of traditional surf products and marine conservation issues.

Scott is also in the process of writing a book/how-to guide to educate and help other artists make the transition to a healthy, non-toxic and environmentally friendly studio.

“Combining my lifelong passions of surfing, art and the environment, I hope to inspire a shift in thinking among surfers and artists to pursue their passion with an eco friendly outlook. I also strive to educate anyone who is stoked on my surf art, surfing and the ocean about the environmental issues facing our oceans, beaches and surf breaks.”

Scott’s inspiring contemporary and abstract ocean scenes are a reflection of the surfing fraternities endless search for the perfect wave – freedom, raw power, perfection and untouched beauty – the state in which all oceans and surf breaks should be conserved indefinitely. His attention to detail and appetite to experiment and improve means his style is constantly maturing and finding new ways to keep fans and collectors stoked.

Get to know Scotty

I thought I’d share are few things about me that don’t involve my art.

  • I am 32
  • I have studied traditional Japanese karate for many years and hold black belts in a couple of different styles.
  • I bodyboard, surf (both shortboard and longboard) and bodysurf – I also shape my own bodysurfing handplanes.
  • My dogs name is Ringo Starr, he’s a pure Havanese. I bet you had no idea that was even a breed… don’t worry, I didn’t either.
  • Music is a big part of my life and I listen to a lot of different types of music.
  • I have been involved in the punk/hardcore music scene over half my life and with my friends ran all-ages shows bringing bands from all over the world to the Sunshine Coast for almost a decade.
  • I don’t drink alcohol, smoke or take any drugs. Haven’t since July 2003.
  • When I travel, I love to get off the beaten track and prefer to immerse myself in the culture and live/interact with locals.

Vision

The vision I’ve always had for my art is threefold;

Ultimately as an artist, it is the pleasure that other people get out of my artwork that really validates why I do what I do. Art is a very individual experience for both the creator and the admirer and it is my hope that I will continue to create art that people feel a deep connection with and can enjoy their artwork for many years to come.

Leading by example, I strive to inspire artists worldwide to pursue their art in both an environmentally friendly manner and to help bring awareness to environmental causes they are passionate about.

Being an artist gives me the opportunity to give conservation issues a wider audience. By supporting select causes and organisations I endeavour to continue donating artwork and money and getting involved with organisation that are protecting marine environments.