Imagine a girl born to two hippies living on a small farm near Seattle, Washington, both busy in earning for the family, leaving this little girl to herself during her growing years. Staying in the clearing surrounded by evergreen woodlands this girl grew up playing with their dogs, cats, bunnies, horses, ponies, goats, chickens, parrots and even lizards!
This was how Iris Scott was raised as a child. This closeness to nature generated in her an undying love for art. Such was her passion that she self-taught herself the rules of drawing realistically. When in school, her artistic talents were recognized and praised by her teachers and classmates. This encouraged her to explore this field further with her creative parents egging her on.
Once she graduated from the university and went to live in Taiwan, she began to hone her artistic talents. In 2010, at the at the age of 26, she decided to take up painting full time. She learned the fundamentals of charcoal, pastels, watercolours, oils, acrylics and clay.
She rented a small studio in Kaohsiung Taiwan and started painting. However, once when she was a few strokes away from completing an oil painting of yellow flowers, she realized that all her paint brushes were dirty and needed to be cleaned. The cleaning bit irritated her and she took a few swipes on the canvas with her fingertips dipped in paint and rest, as they say, is history!
She discovered that finger painting allowed her more control of thick Van-Gough-like texture. This is when she decided to set out on a career of a professional finger painter.Today, her finger painting is making waves in both the print and social media.
Her unique art has been featured in leading magazines, such as Forbes, Business Insider, USA Today, Barron’s, NowThis, CBS New York and American Art Collector Magazine. Not only this, her originals are displayed in several galleries and art collectors, like Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Children’s Hospital and Swedish Medical Centers, vie with each other to possess her prints.
It is thanks to Iris that finger painting is turning into a new art movement with thousands following her lead and shunning paint brushes in favour of surgical gloves.