What happens to an artist’s legacy?

INDIANA NASH/GAZETTE REPORTER
Scot Morehouse, a Schenectady resident and local artist, poses by some of his work. Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016.INDIANA NASH/GAZETTE REPORTER Scot Morehouse, a Schenectady resident and local artist, poses by some of his work. Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016.

BY INDIANA NASH

Gazette Reporter

SCHENECTADY- Schenectady resident Scot Morehouse is dealing with an artistic dilemma of a different sort.

He has created almost two hundred paintings over his years as an artist and he’s now wondering where his legacy should go.

Morehouse’s interest in art was introduced to him early on.

“I think it was when I was given that first box of Crayola crayons honestly,” Morehouse said.

His father worked for GE and so the family traveled throughout his childhood, starting out in Schenectady and finally landing in Baltimore, where Morehouse lived for many years.

When it came time to head off to college, Morehouse decided to go to art school at the Maryland Institute College of Art for his bachelor’s degree in Fine Art.

But after graduating, Morehouse found himself wishing that art school had taught him more than about to create art, but also how to manage it.

“I wish I had been taught more of the practical side to art,” Morehouse said.

For many years (from the 1980s to 2003), Morehouse had no trouble developing his style, using rich colors with flowers and what he calls ‘moonscpaes’.

“When I’m working with color, it’s like I’m eating dessert without the calories or something,” Morehouse said.

Many of his pieces are painted in intense hues and although most are done in bright colors, they leave with viewer with a slight sense of ominousness.

Morehouses pieces make the viewer question the relationship between the movement and the color.

“And I like that. I like that people want to question my work,” Morehouse said.

One of the most chilling pieces Morehouse has ever painted happened on September 11, 2001.

“I was finishing up a painting where there was a rectangular column as the center piece. I had the news on and just as I was finishing up the last few touches of the column, I watched the towers fall,” Morehouse said.

That piece still hangs on the walls of his home, where it shares the space with nearly 100 of his other pieces.

“I don’t really like blank space,” Morehouse said of his home, which has become a sort of art exhibit.

Beyond the paintings on the walls, Morehouse has an entire section of his attic dedicated to his paintings as well.

“There are probably about 60 or so up here,” Morehouse said.

He retired from the Albany Art Institute about four years ago and although he exhibited years ago, he said he’s just been enjoying his time of not working too much to exhibit.

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“Now it’s my problem to dispense with all this stuff and figure out what to do with it,” Morehouse said.

While he doesn’t particularly want the ‘glory’ of an exhibit, he said that he wants the paintings to go to a good home.

“It’s not like I want them out on the street or anything,” Morehouse said.

Now that he’s turned 70, he doesn’t want his partner Jim McCormick to have to handle the pieces should Morehouse pass away.

“But now I have to figure out where my legacy should go,” Morehouse said.

Currently, he is open to all possibilities and ideas.

One of Morehouse's works.

One of Morehouse’s works.

Contact Morehouse by email at: earaddict@hotmail.com