This painting was created without the use of a brush. Using gloved fingertips and a tremendous volume of oil paint, I made this scene after a brief moment of inspiration while driving in Seattle. Purple Avenue is not a real place, at least that I know of, but I'm sure a quick Google search would locate many different avenues in the country with this name. For me, painting scenery as seen through the oozing windshield of a Seattle drive perfectly represents my perpetual experience of rain when I used to live on the West coast. 

Now I reside in Brooklyn, a less rainy area, so when we do have downpours I gear up in rain coats and a waterproof camera enclosure and set out to the streets. Urban nightscapes are intoxicating visually, and I will forever be attracted to their dramatic reflections and textures. 

This is an oil finger painting on canvas, no brush was used to create the work. It is on a gallery wrapped canvas and the painting continues around the sides. The work comes ready to hang.

- Iris Scott

Purple Avenue

Oil painting on stretched canvas

Signed on front and back

24" h x 24" w x 1.5" d
3 lbs. 2 oz.



Iris Scott
Brooklyn, New York

Getting to Know Iris

Iris Scott is a finger painting artist based in New York City, Brooklyn. Iris makes her color-saturated canvases burst with movement using a form of textural Impressionism all her own, and without using a brush. “There’s nothing between me and the paint - I feel all the tiny nuances. I can manipulate thick paint with my fingers in ways brushes never could." Her paintings portray a dreamy yet dynamic world - a heightened, lusher version of reality. "I want my paintings to be both an escape from our everyday life, and an intensification of the recognizable.” Whether she is painting landscapes, an urban scene, a figurative piece, or her trademark shaking dogs, Iris' large body of work is a celebration of all that is wild.