An avid outdoorsman, Bill Scimio of Spruce Creek, Pa., draws inspiration from the natural world and the often-overlooked treasures found there—an antler shed, a grouse feather, an oak branch and acorn. These treasures manifest themselves in a variety of media—metal sculpture, bracelets, antler horn or stone carvings.Scimio and his work refuse to be categorized. His art is honest, frank, and unpretentious. Whether wielding a hammer or an ebony pencil, Scimio follows his muse with Neil Young abandonment—changing, experimenting, growing.
Scimio grew up in Sewickley, a small town in the shadow of Pittsburgh’s skyline and its blue-collar work ethic, and it is only natural that metal has become his medium of choice. One of his ﬁrst jobs was at a sheet-metal shop to earn money for college. Settling in Spruce Creek after graduating from Penn State, Scimio found himself again in a place rich in iron-age history. The Spruce Creek valley today is lush green, accentuated by a blue-ribbon trout stream. A pristine hardwood-covered ridge dominates the landscape. But, not too long ago, charcoal pits and iron furnaces pocketed the terrain and black smoke ﬁlled the air. Scimio takes inspiration from the past and present of this landscape.
Scimio has exhibited his work in regional shows such as the Western Pennsylvania Wildlife Art Expo and The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Arts Biennial exhibition, and he has done commission work for numerous wildlife non-proﬁt organizations including the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ruffed Grouse Society, and Trout Unlimited.
With his wife, April, as partner and collaborator, black Lab Arlo and Hattie the cat, as regular companions, Scimio continues to make a wide range of art that reﬂects his passions.