Personal Statement of Philosophy of
Peter Scala begins each day with a pen and ink sketch in his journal.
He started his daily diary of extemporaneous sketches in 1994 on
the balcony of the Taj Hotel in colombo, Sri Lanka. He was waiting
with his wife Pat for a taxi to the airport. they were traveling
to their next home in Djibouti, a French speaking country in the
Horn of Africa.
Scala traveled for over 20 years living and painting in Asia and
Africa. Artist studios were established in Calcutta, Zanzibar, Bangladesh,
Sir Lanka (Ceylon), Djibouti, Kenya, and Angola. His studio is now
nicely placed in a 1915 arts and craft house in North Charleston,
Scala was born in Greenwich Village and raised in a Hudson Street
artist’s studio, where his father, Victor Scala, work as a
NY cubist artist. Studio space was shared with the abstract expressionist,
Franz Kline. It is to his father, art classes with Mrs. Margot A.
Gregor at New York City PS 41, and Frank Kline that he owes his
commitment to art and painting.
Scala is a surrealist painter working in egg tempera and oil. "I
paint what I feel. I do not paint what I see" is how Scala
explains his method. Living in Asia and Africa considerably influenced
his work. Also, when viewing his work, as did his time spent studying
the works of Picasso and Miró.
Returning to the United Stated in 2002, he began painting in oil
as well as egg tempera. Oil. The painter as conductor. The brush
his baton. Swirl, dab, glaze, blend, hatch. Step back and study.
he enjoys studying his work finished and in progress - a learning
experience. then, he may add a dot of bright color. Perfect!
- Peter Scala
Italy. during the following years, he continued to refine his proficiency
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