The third floor lobby features work by our artist-in-residence, Scott Neely. A local photographer, visual artist, and musician, Scott enjoys chatting with Double Oaks guests when he's working on new projects in the space.
From his artist statement:
In his book The Artisan Soul, McManus states it perfectly when he says, "Though we may create many beautiful works of art, the most important works of art to which we will ever give ourselves are the lives we live. We are both works of art and artist at work. At first, our soul is like a canvas where others begin to paint the portrait of who we are. Slowly, as we develop and mature, we take the brush into our own hands and continue painting out own lives."
I believe creativity should never be defined by an end product. We are all creative. In the end, any finished piece of artwork can be judged and thrown out with the trash. Yet the beautiful process of creating is free, can never be taken away from you, and can change your life!
To be honest, I grew up resenting being wired to create. But, whether I like it or not, I am an artist. Who says creative minds can't change the world? So, there is no rhyme or reason for my artwork. There is no pressure. There is no seeking out perfection. There are no guidelines or measurements for potential or comparisons of my abilities. There is no stress. Just connecting, sharing experiences, communicating the things I love to do, expressing thoughts, and giving back along the way. Pretty simple, eh?
Learn more about Scott on his website: scottnealyartworks.com