Scott Christensen grew up in Lander, Wyoming, a place of extreme geography and wild beauty, and it was here that his aesthetic developed. It was not until college, however, that he would recognize nature as his muse. The shift was precipitated by a personal catastrophe. While attending Chadron State in Nebraska on a football scholarship he sustained a severe neck injury that left him unable to compete. Bereft, he sought solace in fly fishing and visiting his grandfather, a wheelchair-bound amateur oil painter. The scent of oils stirred Christensen’s imagination, so he took a leap into the unknown and enrolled in art classes. Over the years he has pursued painting with the discipline he once brought to sports. The atypical combination of athleticism, scholarly curiosity, and an ardent desire to experience nature became the alchemy of his success. After nearly three decades at the easel, Christensen is recognized around the globe, as evidenced by his invitation to show in Russia’s Ilya Repin St. Petersburg State Academic Institute for Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture. Christensen now paints at the highest level, and he has created a world to foster his work. - Seonaid B. Campbell
Christensen is self-represented and is currently working on a large body of work for an exhibition at the Booth Western Art Museum (Cartersville, GA).