Scott W. Prior is a native of Southern California, born in Anaheim, CA, on December 20, 1968. Scott studied illustration and painting at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. At the Academy, he studied under artists Craig Nelson, Bill Maughan and Hui Han Lui, where he learned higher artistic ideals through intensive study while developing a solid foundation of design, drawing and painting. Currently Prior is resides in Oceanside, CA with his wife Wendy, their two daughters and the family pets.

Professional Memberships
Prior is a Signature Artist member with the California Art Club, an Artist member with the Portrait Society of America. Scott has been awarded and recognized by the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Oil Painters of America, La Quinta Arts Foundation’s Desert Plein Air Invitational, La Quinta, CA, The Society of Illustration Los Angeles, The Artist Magazine, plus many more.

Selected Private Collections
Mr. Jean Stern, Executive Director of the Irvine Museum, Irvine CA
Mr. John Moran, Moran Auctioneer House, Alta Dena, CA
Mrs. Joan Irvine Smith, Irvine Museum, Irvine, CA
Mr. & Mrs. Jerald Springer, Jerry Springer Show, Sarasota, FL
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Jenson, Sunset Magazine, Del Mar, CA
Mr. & Mrs. Steve Bisciotti, owner of the Baltimore Ravens, MD 

Selected Achievements

Maui Plein Air Invitational,
Honorable Mention

Maui Plein Air Invitational, Makana Aloha Fondation's
Award of Excellence

Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational Plein Air Magazine,
Award of Excellene

The Autry Museum, 101st Annual Gold Medal Exhibition

One man show, Then and Now, American Legacy Fine Arts, Pasadena

Pasadena Museum of California Art, 100th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition

Pasadena Museum of California Art, 99th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition

Sedona Plein Air Invitational Sedona Art Center, Sedona, AZ 
Best of Show

Press and Publications

American Legacy Fine Arts presents Scott W. Prior featured in Southwest Art magazine, February 2021 issue.

Scott W. Prior Featured in Southwest Art Magazine February 2021 Issue

A BIKER pedals down a narrow lane, wedged between an oncoming trolley car and a bus.  In his left hand he balances an umbrella.  It’s a rainy day in downtown …

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American legacy Fine Arts presents Scott W. Prior in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine Spring 2016 Issue.

Scott W. Prior in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine Spring 2016

Krista Eubanks (b. 1960) is fascinated with nature, especially with animals. Though she paints in oils, the bulk of her work is made with watercolors and pen and ink on …

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Scott Prior Awarded Best in Show at 15th Annual Laguna Plein Air Invitational Invitational
Scott W. Prior Featured in Southwest Art Magazine Winter 2013 Issue

Scott W. Prior in Mickie’s Zoo online Blog

recollections of rural California

Scott W. Prior Featured in American Art Collector December 2011 Issue

Scott W. Prior pays homage to the small farms, ranches, and orchards that were far more prevalent in California not too long ago, as well as those that remain today, …

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Scott W. Prior featured in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune
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Scott W. Prior in Southwest Art Magazine November 2011 Issue

New paintings by California painter Scott W. Prior are on view at American Legacy Fine Arts this month in a show titled Recollections of Rural California. The collection of landscape …

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Scott W. Prior: Recollections of Rural California
ALFA at The Raymond features Scott W. Prior
May 2010 Scott Prior Southwest Art
Scott W. Prior Featured in American Artist Magazine Summer 2008
Uploaded ToScott Prior Featured in American Art Collector Magazine 2007
Scott Prior Receives Publisher's Choice Award from Plein Air Magazine March 2005


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