American Senior Communities
While a boy, Gregory Scott’s mother taught him how to paint. During quiet times at home she’d get out the brushes and paints and encourage him and his siblings to create while she also painted.
Scott, called “Gaar” by his family, would get a picture in his mind, he says, and that picture would become an abstract pastel watercolor rendering. He continued painting abstracts throughout his adult life and still dabbles in it today from his home at Fairway Village, an American Senior Communities retirement facility on the Southside.
With numerous pieces in his portfolio, Scott, 69, has been lauded for his work, some of which has been on exhibit at top museums throughout the Midwest, including the Indianapolis Museum of Art and Hilbert Circle Theatre.
He has had shows at the Arthur M. Glick Jewish Center, the Hilbert Circle Theatre and other venues. “I sell as often as I can,” said Scott, “but I just didn’t get into shows as much as I should have.”
Artistry is in his genes. Scott’s mother, Helen Edrie Scott, who died in 2015 at age 96, was an acclaimed artist whose work was sought after by clients throughout the country, Scott said. His late father, Max, was also an artist, and his sisters, Gayle Clark and Holly Daily, are artists as well.
Scott is also a poet and has published collections of his work. His books include “Certain People” and “A Blue Beyond Reach.”
While living in Fort Wayne, where he grew up and went to high school, Scott studied under poets Robert Creeley, W.S. Merwin, Carolyn Kizer and Gwendolyn Brooks.
“Art,” he said in one of his writings, “should be a by-product of life, not the reason for it. Live first, art will follow.”
Scott, whose work is available through www.gaarscott.com, said he started writing poetry when he was in the sixth grade. As a child he struggled with polio and rheumatic fever. Later he developed bipolar disorder.
“I started writing seriously when I was depressed. I was at the bottom and had no way to run except inward. I just kept on, and learned as much as I could about poetry. It saved my life.”
Several of Scott’s poetry themes deal with traditional male activities like fishing, hunting, sports and personal violence. His poetry often looks at “what makes a man truly a man,” according to reviewer Karen L. Jaquish.
His poems have appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including the “South Carolina Review,” the “Literary Review,” “Aethlon: Journal of Sports Literature” and the “Tipton Poetry Journal.”
In one of his writings, Scott notes: “Creative people may or may not be afraid of what’s going to come out in a painting or poem, but they do it anyway. They look deeply inside and outside both. And if fear is there waiting for them, they just shove it aside.
“I have learned that once you do that, fear is gone. That’s one of the things good art does; it shines light on dark areas of the heart so others who see it won’t be as afraid or get comforted by knowing someone’s been there before.”