Philosophy and Biography
…of M. Scott Burgess
- Happiness and Joy
- Hand-made creations reflect the artist’s soul.
- Special materials require special talents.
- Longevity adds Real Value.
- Excellent craftsmanship is alive in America.
As a third-generation woodworker who grew up in the gorgeous Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, I come from a family of artisans. Both Grandfathers, a great-Uncle, and my Father all crafted in their woodshops for family items and profit. My career began during my childhood while making my own toys in Dad’s shop.
I graduated from Virginia Tech in 1990 with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and took a civilian job with the US Navy as a flight test engineer. The on-base woodworking shop was my creative outlet and I soon followed my heart down the artist’s path.
My affinity for the mountains and an incredible opportunity brought me to Denver in early 1995, where I apprenticed for Boykin Pearce Associates, Denver. Five years were spent studying the art and craft of woodworking in this wonderfully inspiring studio that catered to an exclusive clientele list.
In the fall of 1999, I moved further into the mountains to the Vail Valley where I worked for several large shops and continued to grow my personal clientele. My custom furnishings and cabinets have been decorating homes all over Colorado for the last 22 years.
I have been awarded two scholarships to the prestigious Anderson Ranch Art Center, represented by the J. Cotter Gallery in Beaver Creek, McRae Litt Gallery in Vail, and currently display at the Vail Valley Artists Guild in Avon, Colorado.
My wonderful wife Stephanie, our dog Schatzie, and I live in Red Cliff, Colorado, where I served as the Mayor until recently. We enjoy exploring the vast American West in the summer, skiing powder-days in the winter, and scuba diving in off-the-beaten-path tropical locations.
Our family philosophy: enjoy every day, because life is short…