Nurse spends his winter evenings painting

January 18, 2012

Scott Talsma works on another creation

By ROB ALWAY, mcp.com editor

LUDINGTON — A couple years ago, Scott Talsma’s son wanted the cartoon character Wall-E painted on his bedroom wall.

Scott had always been interested in drawing and painting, so he tackled the project, making large wall decorations. That project inspired him to get more serious about art.

“When I was growing up in Scottville my brothers and I were always drawing, usually cartoons,” the 42-year critical care registered nurse said. “After my son’s project I decided I wanted to learn more about painting, it was kind of fun. My wife works at night and I needed something to do quietly while the kids are sleeping. So, I got some books and started to teach myself how to paint.”

He bought some canvas and started painting with acrylics.

Scott said since he started painting three years ago he has created over 200 pieces.

Most of his paintings are landscapes of leafless trees.

“I’m not really sure why I stick with dead trees, but it’s just what I enjoy painting,” Scott said adding that he recently painted a ’69 Dodge Charger, “The General Lee” from the “Dukes of Hazard” TV show for a work colleague.

Each painting takes him about two hours to create. He doesn’t sell them but instead often gives them away to friends and family. He also typically posts pictures of his creations on Facebook.

“This is my winter hobby. In the summer, when the kids aren’t in school, I spend more time with them outdoors.”

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