Scott Stapleton began studying botanical art at the Minnesota School of Botanical Art in September of 2014. Prior to that, he was a pastor for twenty-one years, an art librarian for eleven, and a BFA and MFA student at the University of Chicago specializing in printmaking and the graphic arts.
In February 2017, he gave a talk at the MSBA on the American pre-Raphaelite painter Charles Herbert Moore, “‘Truth to Nature’ – A Useful Future for Botanical Art?.” He’s led discussions about “Art & Fear: The Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking.” And he’s been a past president of the Great River Chapter of Botanical Artists. In addition to occasional feature articles, he now writes a regular column—“Plein Art:
Extracurricular Musings About Our Art”—for The Botanical Artist, the journal of the American Society of Botanical Art.