Q&A: ‘Creative Cans in the Sand’ Artist Scott Pantke Talks About His Passion
By Space Coast Daily // November 13, 2015
JUST STICK IT IN THE CAN
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Artist Scott Pantke of Indian Harbour Beach is taking part in the “Creative Cans In the Sand” by airbrushing creative designs in hopes they will become more noticeable resulting in a cleaner beach.
The mission of “Creative Cans In The Sand” is to help encourage beach-goers to dispose of their trash responsibility, and with the hopes that the more noticeable artistically painted cans will result in a cleaner, more litter-free beach.
The Creative Cans In the Sand initiative was organized by Bobby Freeman and his wife Nikki, and the program is being endorsed and embraced by many volunteers, local and famous artists, the media and local businesses.
“Our beaches in Brevard are beautiful and Creative Cans In the Sand is determined to keep them that way,” said Nikki McCoy Freeman, a local Realtor.
Q&A with Creative Cans in the Sand Artist Scott Pantke:
Q: How long have you been an artist?
A: All my life I’ve had the creative bug.
Q: What is your artistic medium of choice? Why that medium?
A: Airbrush because it allows me to color and shade with paint quickly. I also sculpt foam and wood.
Q: Do you have a website and/or Facebook business page?
A: You can see some of my work on Facebook @ScottPantkeArtworks or on Instagram @ Scott Pantke Artist.
Q: Tell me about yourself.
A: I am a self-taught Florida native with a passion for the ocean and marine life. I am married with three beautiful girls. Spend most of my time painting, fishing, surfing and just hanging out with my kids.
Q: Whose work do you relate to most? Who inspires you?
A: The outdoors always inspires me and many different artists influence my surrealistic style, which makes my work different and recognizable.
Q: What do you consider to be some of your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
A: Creating art of all sizes and on so many different surfaces takes a little skill, knowledge, and luck, so I think my tenacity to create art could be a strength. My weakness like most artist is not valuing the work itself that goes into a creation or charging what the job is worth, because I love the act of creating art it’s not work to me.
Q: If you could picture yourself 5, 10 years from now, where would you be and what would you be doing?
A: Enjoying the ocean from every angle. Creating art for people who love the beach, ocean, and river for a living would be my dream job!
Q: If you were awarded a grant of say… $5,000 for a major art project, how would you use the money?
A: I really like the Creative Cans in the Sand project. Getting the garbage cans noticed should help them stay full! I would paint as many cans as possible if I had the materials and time to paint them!
Q: What are your short-range, and long-range goals and how do you expect to achieve them?
A: Become a well rounded artist and make a living from the things I create!
Q: How important is a clean litter-free beach?
A: A litter-free beach is extremely important to the health of the ocean, beach, river, and its inhabitants. Pollution is bad enough in our waters, removing litter should be on everyone’s mind when on the beach or anywhere outdoors.
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