Lindsay Scott


The artist - Lindsay Scott Internationally renowned artist Lindsay Scott is acclaimed for her dynamic and precise oil paintings and her exquisitely detailed pencil drawings, all of which convey the drama and spirit of African Wildlife. She was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) and spent her youth watching wildlife and learning to survive in the bush. Illustrator, researcher, biologist. With a background as an illustrator, a botanical researcher and a biologist, Lindsay is an avid observer of nature. Her works reflect her close study of animal life, conveying a candid sense of firsthand experience while capturing intimate emotional moments. She began to draw at an early age, and her skills were recognized by a high school art teacher, who encouraged her to pursue art as a career. Accordingly, she moved to Capetown, South Africa, to attend the Michealis School of Fine Art. At that time, the school was emphasizing abstract art, and the representational work that interested Scott was discouraged. She therefore supplemented her studies by taking courses in botany, biology and zoology and doing field sketched of plants and wildlife. To continue her studies, she transferred to the University of Minnesota, where she earned a degree in fine art and minored in biology. On her return to South Africa, Lindsay became a botanical researcher at the University of Cape Town and a curator of paleobotany and ornithology at the South African museum. She also led natural history field trips throughout Africa and Antarctica and spent fourteen months in Australia researching bird behavior for the National Geographic Society. During this period, Lindsay recorded her observations on numerous sketch pads. The transition to full time artist In 1984, when one of Lindsay's drawings was chosen for Birds In Art, the prestigious annual exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin, she decided to devote her full attention to art. In her characteristic style, she developed meticulous illustration methods and melded and expressive use of paint to create images that appear tightly rendered from a distance, but upon closer examination revealed fluid brush work that gives forms a blurred and abstract appearance. A key to Lindsay's art is that rather than focusing on individual objects, she is primarily attentive to reflected light and the way it integrates pictorial elements.


  • July 2005 issue of Africa Geographic magazine published with the African Wildlife Foundation
  • Exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London, England
  • Award of Excellence from the Society of Animal Artists in 1992


Chasing the Wind