a journal for eastern and western forms


Ekphrastic Poem

Bernard Gieske, Poet

Scott Tallman Powers, Artist


The Wood Carver's Daughter:  Oil  24 x 12

painting by Scott Tallman Powers

The Woodcarver's Daughter


I eat my tacos, tortillas, and quesadillas
No day escapes me without such treats
I only taste the country that I’d rather reach

My food for thought is there in Guatemala
Where I once walked the dusty path along the via publica
And commingled with the hearty sounds of working people

There I looked into the faces of the young and old and very old
And even then from time to time found a child to behold
Finding there a story that did take hold

In such a place I watched a table leg being made
By hands that knew the art of woodcarving by trade
And playing nearby with wooden blocks on the ground
Stood the woodcarver’s daughter with a look quite profound

In her eyes I saw no traces of mystery
Open and free - asking nothing - mere contentment
Of being a woodcarver’s daughter

There was a tugging in my heart
to sweep her up and hold her tight
Only now I am left with a lingering feeling
A kind of enchantment in those eyes of a distant sight


Scott Tallman Powers was born in 1972 in Birmingham, Alabama. Scott began drawing as a child with his father who was a medical illustrator, photographer and fine artist. While watching and learning from him, his love of art began.

Scott’s education began in high school with two extremely influential and supportive art instructors. This led to four years of intensive study at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. There he trained under many important instructors in the fields of Oil painting, Watercolor, Drawing, Anatomy and Sculpture. After his time at the Academy, Scott spent many years as an illustrator in a Chicago ad agency before pursuing his dream as a full-time fine artist. Scott is a signature member of the Oil Painters of America and is the founder of "The Plein Air Painters of Chicago" group.

Scott gets a lot of his inspiration from many different cultures from all over the world, including our own. The human element is at the core of his journey. The people, places, and experiences have sewn there way into Scott’s inspirations for many years; giving him a better understanding of the world we live in. He has travelled extensively to many countries to find the inspiration he thrives on and searches to find the balance between cultures. Scott’s goal is to express the stories and experiences as honestly, sensitively and with as much integrity as he can. This is a passion which is growing day by day and mile by mile.

Scott has works in many private collections in the United States and around the world along with having paintings in three museums:

 The Wengyuan Museum of Fine Art and the Shaoguan Museum of Fine Art in The Guandong Province of China, and The Academy Museum in Easton, Maryland. Scott has received many awards from the Oil Painters of America as well as many other National shows. And has participated in many prestigious invitational exhibitions in the United States, China, Israel and Europe. Scott work has appeared in many publications including American Artist, Art of the West, Western Art and Architecture and has had features in The American Artist “Workshop” Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine and Western Art Collector.

Scott Tallman Powers is represented by Settlerswest Galleries in Tucson, Arizona.





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