The inside of a 1947 Chevy school bus is the creative refuge for Arlington, Texas artist Scott Dykema, and it also provides the perfect backdrop for his large-scale paintings in which he expertly interplays such diverse media as spray paint, gold and silver leaf, house paints, and stains and varnishes. An intuitive artist with a keen grasp of space, texture and color interaction, Scott’s highly energetic and even jubilant work ranges from the abstract to studies of such diverse subjects as cowboys, Native Americans, sumo wrestlers, samurai warriors and geisha women.
While finishing his degree in Fine Art at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he graduated with honors, Scott apprenticed as a decorative artist’s assistant working on large scale murals, including four immense works that were hung in Houston’s Minute Main Stadium. Upon graduation, Scott and his wife, Anna, started a decorative painting business called Daydream Studios. His work there, which includes everything from tinted plaster finishes to metal leafing to private and public murals, is featured in homes and businesses throughout Texas.
As for his fine art, Scott’s strikingly unique work has been featured in numerous publications, including Luxe, 360 West and Studio Visit, a juried artist’s magazine. He also illustrated the acclaimed children’s book, Keep Dreaming, and his work has appeared in several galleries in the DFW area. Through his gallery exposure and personal website, Scott has sold his bold work all over the U.S. and internationally, but this prolific artist’s greatest joy is creating art in his old school bus that people viscerally connect with in a meaningful way.