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Conversations with Scott Dorsey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Scott Dorsey.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
In 2009, I painted a picture of Ray Rice, who at the time was a Rookie for the Baltimore, Ravens. I took it to an event where he was hosting a radio show and signing memorabilia. When he saw my painting, he thought it was incredible. Based on his response, I started painting more NFL players. I would go to their signings and many times they liked it so much, they would purchase the painting on the spot.

During this time, social media was becoming more popular so I was building my brand with photos from these signings. NFL players began contacting me for their own custom paintings. I was also working a full-time job, painting in the evenings and on weekends, and starting a family. In March 2015, my youngest son, who was one at the time, had an accident and spent several days in the PICU. During his time in the hospital, I prayed to God, asking for his guidance and direction. Immediately, I knew it was time to quit my full-time job and dedicate my time to my family and following my art career. I needed to be present for what mattered most in my life.

Since then, I have been able to build my brand, spend time with my family and build professional relationships. I’ve grown my business in all directions. I’ve been commissioned by countless NFL players, worked with the Las Vegas Raiders where two of my paintings are hanging in the new stadium, and currently working with AEW (All Elite Wrestling).

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Nothing is ever smooth in life and there’s always struggles along the way. My biggest struggle has been learning how to run a business and build a brand at the same time. I’m always seeking opportunities to learn how to improve the business side of my art. I have mentors, taken classes and actively read books.

The art side allows me to be creative and I love that; however, I always have to be thinking of new, creative ideas to keep my art relevant and exciting. I’m constantly thinking of new ways to make my art better.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I mainly specialize in professional sports art, specifically painting athletes. My portfolio has grown to include portrait work as well.

Is there any advice you’d like to share with our readers who might just be starting out?
Keep learning, keep working on your craft everyday. Put in the work. It doesn’t come easy at all. Ask people for advice respectfully and have mentors. Work on your original ideas while also working on commissions. If art is your sole income, be disciplined enough to paint every day, not only when you feel like it. The best advice I can give is to put in the WORK every single day. I can’t stress that enough.

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