I paint my landscapes devoid of human figures because that's what I enjoy most. It's my quiet environmental statement. My travels in the rest of the world have given me a deeper sense of appreciation for the pristine wilderness held within the rugged periphery of this province. They are landscapes rich with light and void of human interference and that is what I want to have reflected in my work.
Excerpt from artist statement in Drawings from the Permanent Collection exhibition publication, organized by the Art Gallery of Memorial University, 1983
Scott Goudie was born in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1955. Rather than attending formal art classes, he opted for private tutoring from well-known artists such as Gerald Squires, Don Wright and Frank Lapointe. In 1972, he left Newfoundland to develop his talents, briefly attending the Vancouver College of Art before spending a few years studying and travelling in the United States and Canada.
Goudie returned to Newfoundland in 1977 and began exhibiting his art. He printed at St. Michael's Printshop, Newfoundland, and occasionally at Open Studio, in Toronto, Ontario.
For a year, Goudie worked and travelled in India, then returned to Newfoundland in 1981 and continued with his printmaking at St. Michael's. In 1983, he was an artist-in-residence at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook and two years later, he spent time in Cape Dorset, Baffin Island, as a visiting artist for the Baffin Eskimo Co-operative. He is so intrigued by the Labrador wilderness that he often spends four to six months a year there.
Goudie experimented with different subjects in the 1970s including portraits, animals, architecture and landscapes, but by the early 1980s, he began working from the natural environment almost exclusively. He works primarily with mezzotint prints and chalk pastels. Goudie is also considered one of the best blues musicians in the province.
In addition to being part of the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador's Permanent Collection, Goudie's art work is represented in private and public collections such as the Government of Canada; the Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick; the Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta; and the Simon Fraser University Art Gallery, Burnaby, British Columbia.