From her childhood in rural Quebec through almost four decades on Hilton Head Island, Mira Scott has responded artfully to the colorful, animated world around her.
Mira works in gouache, acrylic and mixed media, using playful images, grids, and patterns to illustrate stories related to both her youth in Canada and to the surrounding Lowcountry flora and fauna where she now lives. Her unparalleled use of brilliant color is her finest attribute, adding to the feeling of a grand celebration and sense of place. "All things are connected and my paintings are a reflection of the associations and memories of my life. As John Muir once said, 'when one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world'."
Her zoo-keeping, dolphin-training Scottish French-Canadian father nurtured her understanding and love for the creatures of the woods, sky, and water. Her mother’s Russian-Polish heritage has influenced her work with her use of detailed repetitive patterns often seen in European folk work. Mira grew from a young watercolorist surprised by her increasingly vibrant colors to an accomplished etching artist working in monochrome, until colors returned to her art and attitudes with a graceful vengeance. One series of paintings depicting flowers, creatures, and scenes features nearly every color in the rainbow. And her recent work expands her colorful vision to blend real scenes with dreams and memories. Mira who opened Picture This Gallery on Hilton Head Island, SC in 1985 has been involved in the island’s community mainstreams and tributaries, with her gallery serving as a gathering spot for artists, patrons and friends. Mira has hosted noted artists, student art shows, local authors and other special events at the south-island gallery. She has always felt it important to bring a level of social value to anything she does at Picture This Gallery. Mira is also a founding member of the Arts & Cultural Council of Hilton Head and worked on establishing the Hilton Head Island Office of Cultural Affairs.