From the Caribbean to Texas to Barnegat Light, Erin Scott Transforms Wood Into Works of Art

Wood Wonders: Artist Erin Scott with one of her maritime turtle sculptures. Scott has an affinity for any creature that swims in the sea. (Pics by Pat Johnson)
“Everywhere I go, I have to develop artwork,” claimed Erin Scott though supplying a tour of her studio at the corner of Central Avenue and Second Street in Barnegat Gentle. In the studio are 3D sculptures of the lighthouse, waves, starfish and maritime turtles reduce from sheets of PVC and connected to weathered picket fencing. Also on screen are big, wooden stars produced from phone wire spools that she designed in Texas and intricate designs slice into coconut shells built though she lived on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico.
Each and every artwork delivers again recollections of her travels. “I get attached to the work I do. I do it for satisfaction.”
In Austin, Texas, exactly where she lived for 9 decades, she remembers how appreciative the metropolis is of its artists. “Texans are the kindest, most optimistic pleasant persons, but they are fiercely Texans. Soon after 9/11, absolutely everyone required the substantial stars (symbol of Texas) for their buildings.”
Scott discovered the phone spools remaining on the facet of roads. They are very significant, designed from teak or mahogany. “In Austin, if you make artwork, you are supported and you are astounding. I was there in 2003 just before the poorer neighborhoods grew to become gentrified, and I get pleasure from range, the quilt of cultural wonderment. There was a slogan at the time, ‘Keep Austin Strange.’ But I missed the East Coast.”
Her travels started out right after graduation from Colgate University in upstate New York. She arrived again to Jersey to be a swim coach at Rutgers College underneath Frank Elm, then lived in Boston for 10 decades, in which the winters ultimately drove her to seek out refuge in the Caribbean.
“I saw an advert for a caretaker on Vieques Island that included a guesthouse, and I named and stated I would be there in 30 days. Then I had to determine out where it was and raise ample revenue to get a aircraft ticket. I wound up remaining 10 years.”
Scott became a kayak guide for travellers to Mosquito Bay, recognised as the world’s most bioluminescent bay. “Moonless evenings are the greatest time to go out. It’s indescribable, truly. You stand up and you glimpse like Tinkerbell. You see the trails of fish and turtles.”
UPCYCLE: Parts of worn picket fence Scott gathered are the background for this sculpture reduce from a sheet of PVC.
While living on the island, she began making artwork from pure objects. “I’d be dragging a piece of driftwood to just take into my house and vines that search like horsetails, and the neighbors have to have imagined oh, the mad girl is at it once more.”
But the poverty and unique attitudes towards animals – “a puppy could possibly die and they would just drag it to the street” – improved some of Scott’s thoughts of paradise, and “I skipped the adjust of the seasons,” so she moved again to the States, to Cape Ann, Mass., where she became a landscaper. “It’s fishing villages, much like Barnegat Gentle, but with stunning granite shoals.”
TRAVELS WITH Artwork: Coconut shell made into artwork, island script slice from PVC.
She returned to Barnegat Light in 2010 when her father grew to become unwell. She was a lifeguard for Very long Beach front Township on 46th Street.
“I even now swim a mile or two a day, from 30th road to 14th and back again. I swim alone, a little further than the surf line. I love it as well significantly.”
This summertime she saw whales and sharks and a shark attack a dolphin, so she was specially anxious, but as she is now getting care of her mother just after her father handed away, she wants the outlet.
“My mom is quite unbiased and absolutely relaxed, but her memory is sketchy, so I am here to make certain she is risk-free.” Each and every day for the earlier three years she paints a vibrant card to give her mother every morning. “It restarts the day on a optimistic observe.”
Her sister Pat is extremely supportive of Scott’s art. “She told me, ‘Take the time to do your artwork, do it, do it, do it.’
“I have a really like of wood, stone, metal, rusty things, something that is distressed.” She labored as a groundskeeper for the LBI Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies and found a cedar tree that experienced been felled by a storm. She slash discs from the tree to make the turtles’ patterned shell. The flippers are produced from fence pickets that she finds about the Island. The kind is then lined in tabletop epoxy to make it previous.
NOTES: Scott creates an artwork each day to give to her mom at breakfast.
In the similar turtle topic are the turtle cutouts built with a jigsaw that she attaches to the distressed fence wood. “I like the pickets. Just one piece of wood is like a piece of artwork.”
FIN Lady: Mermaid dealing with Central Avenue marks the studio/household of Erin Scott.
The fanciful styles of waves, mermaids and starfish slice from PVC  – “it cuts like butter,” she stated – remind her of typography. “I normally appreciated font structure.”
Scott does not have her work in any gallery and prefers to be contacted specifically if readers like what they see and want to commission a piece. E mail her at

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