"The creative process is a fusion of the life experience that combines emotional content, observation, technical skill, exploration, humor and reinvention—in a way that is tangible and immensely satisfying. I love to create surfaces that are visually intriguing and mysterious, with expressive colors and shapes. Each of my paintings has many layers of paint. I begin each one on canvas or paper, painting over and over on thinly collaged papers until a rich texture emerges. I use acrylic paints, gouache, pencils, and charcoal. I also work with copies of hand-written letters, pages from old books and found objects as collage elements under the painted surfaces. By building up layers of paint and collage the paintings become infused with a cultural history."
Scott Cilmi holds a BFA in painting from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. The artist’s whimsical and charming paintings on paper and canvas have been exhibited widely in Northern California.