Most people don’t picture the typical artist as a tough-guy wrestler from the inner city.
Yet every time Scott W. Prior got laid up with wrestling injuries in high school, his mom would take the art supplies from the attic and encourage him to paint to pass the time it took to heal his wounded body (and ego).
His friends would mock him for being an artist. “Some tough guy,” they’d say.
At the end of high school, Scott was accepted to San Diego State University, where he bounced around majors, trying to figure out where he fit in.
He tried everything from nutrition and physical therapy to business and radio communications…
…but no matter what he tried, Scott could not find a path that felt right to him.
And so he did what most any college kid would do … he partied.
In fact, he partied so much, and so hard, that he got kicked out of school.
He was back at home, unsure of what to do next. His mother handed him some art supplies and encouraged him to pick up painting again.
Before he knew it, he was attending the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, studying under such revered artists as Craig Nelson, Bill Maughan, and Huihan Liu.