Scott Menaul was an Abstract Surrealist artist living in Clearwater, Florida.
His first artistic influences were his parents. His mother was a student of oil painting who took him regularly to the Art Institute of Chicago and other museums around their home in Chicago, IL. His father, in addition to being an electrical engineer, was a jazz trumpet player. He took Scott to numerous musical performances, hearing most of the jazz greats of the the 60’s and 70’s including Bill Evans, widely considered to be one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time.
Scott’s first artistic expression came in the form of pinhole photography. Combining his interests in math, science and art, photography was a natural inclination for a young man set out to discover himself and the world. Building his own cameras using a simple pinhole in a piece of aluminum foil and shoeboxes, he created compelling and dreamy black and white images, foretelling of his future artistic career.