Scott Fitzwater is a Portland, OR artist who has been creating mosaics since 2008 when he retired from a career as a software engineer. He is largely a self-taught mosaic artist and has experimented with many techniques and materials. He has also studied under several well known and respected mosaic artists. His pieces have been in exhibitions in North America and Europe and have won several awards. He works primarily with slate that he fashions into abstract wall and sculptural art. Scott is a member of the Pacific Northwest Sculptors,the Pacific Northwest Mosaic Art Collective, the Society of American Mosaic Artists, and the International Association of Contemporary Mosaicists.
Scott makes mosaics primarily with slate that he sources from salvaged roofing tile and material that he’s harvested from slate quarries in California. He likes slate because, quite simply, the material speaks to him. He can cut and break slate into a range of thicknesses and lengths that allow him to fully express the organic, abstract and geometric designs upon which he thrives. These unique qualities of cut slate also enable him to “draw” and convey the expressive qualities of movement and mood of the line. He even gleans creative inspiration from the limited, available color palette of slate. In addition, he has nurtured an ongoing exploration of mosaic sculptural composition.