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Beginning his career as a commercial artist in Dallas, Nashville and Sacramento, Scott Jennings became a noted plein-air painter of western landscape. He was born in New Orleans, and was raised as a child of an Air Force doctor, which meant many moves across the country. He spent his early years in Florida, did high school in North Carolina, studied for two years at the Harris School of Advertising in Nashville, Tennessee, and then worked for commercial art studios in Nashville. Not liking to work for somebody besides himself, he moved to Sacramento, California where he opened his own graphic design business and began painting outside, especially in national parks. Later he said he was "hooked" and was especially responsive to the instant gratification of painting en-plein air. He says . . ."the West is where the color is. The weather's better and there's something besides six shades of green. It's where the big landscapes are." (99) In his mid 20s, he inherited his grandmother's house in Dallas, Texas, so he moved there, quit all commercial art, converted the garage into a studio, and dedicated himself to fine-art painting. He found gallery representation in Scottsdale and Santa Fe, and in 1981, he moved to Taos, New Mexico for fifteen years, and then to Sedona, Arizona. Completing about 150 plein-air paintings a year and 15 to 20 ones too large for that method, he uses both studio and outdoor painting locations and works with a palette knife as well as brushes. William Scott Jennings has won the Gold Ink Award for soft cover book jacket design and was the first official "artist in residence" at the Rocky Mountain National Park. He earned the Award of Excellence for Master Signature Members at the 14th Annual Oil Painters of America National Show in May 2005. Source

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