Scott absorbed this city of Shanghai through every single pore of his skin.
And hanging on the walls of an enormous Exhibition Hall was his work.
I have asked Scott if he would mind writing in his own words what this experience meant to him. He needs time with his family for now but we are hopeful of uploading more photos and words in a month or so.
It was a day to capture Scott playing with his pigments. We needed to get some photos of him for the book accompanying his exhibition in Shanghai.
Scott threw wattle in the air, ochre was flung into the ether and pigment sifted into a bowl.
Scott was both model and director. He had clear ideas on what he needed captured and was relaxed and cheerful in front of the camera, patiently allowing me to take as many photos as I needed to.
He had been working night and day to complete a large work for Shanghai. It measures over 3 metres by 1.5 metres and is stunning. Three ducks fly across a white background, their wings intricately detailed, their eyes capturing light and gazing eternally.
It is one of four works that Scott has completed for this exhibition and will be shown with other pieces of his.
How amazing it will be to see these works, which I have seen him working on and walking on, hung in an exhibition space in the world's most populous city.
Scott's eyes will capture light such as they have never seen before.
Noah was lying on his stomach, intent on a puzzle book.
Scott and Amy and I talked of life, relationships, men, women, the differences between us. That which draws us together.
We spent some time in the studio. It is extraordinary what Scott is capable of producing in this small space. He dreams of a purpose built studio - or even a double garage - where he can make his art on a much larger scale.
As you know, he lies on his stomach on an old bean bag to create his paintings. Whilst he is working he listens to podcasts. His desire to absorb knowledge is urgent - his interest in the thinking of great minds is critical to his learning.
And so he listens to the thoughts of the Dalai Lama, Steve Jobs. He thinks about subjects like quantum physics and always, always of the environment we are in and our impact on the earth's face.
He draws, paints, sits and lies down on his art. Working as a studio hand for a well known Australian painter some years ago he learnt a valuable lesson relating to his art. That is, not to be precious about it.
To me, watching him standing and walking on his art, it showed that though the lines, dots and pigments are so intricately delicate, they contain an essential sturdiness.
Scott himself combines a steely pragmatism and ambition with a wide eyed, almost innocent interest in the world around him.
a page from a book that Scott has drawn in..
Later we walked around the property and down to the creek. Someone, a child ?, had drawn a stick figure on a platform by the creek.
Amy joined us as Scott went to gather wattle. The golden orbs will be transformed by Scott into pigment.
Wattle blooms in our Australian winter. It will lend its golden hue to works which will be displayed early in a Shanghai autumn.
We sat together drinking tea and eating cake. Amy and baby Noah were there and for a long time I sat with Noah in my lap. He played with the zip on my vest and smiled and smiled.
These two, Amy and Noah, play such an important part in allowing Scott to focus on his art, with contentment.
Scott lies on his stomach on a red bean bag on the floor to work. He has an unfinished work on the wall and one vast piece he is working on, painstakingly drawing with a small, blow torch like instrument. This work will take him two months to complete, in time for him to take part in a major exhibition in Shanghai in September.
Next week he is going to Melbourne with partner and child, chiefly to see the Salvador Dali exhibition. I said that I found it hard to place him in a surrealist tradition. The main thing he learnt from the surrealists, he told me, was their exploration of juxtaposition or contrast. This is evident in his own work in so much as he shows us the startling contrast between the organic and the mechanic(al).
We discussed the fact that his work more gently draws you in than the sometimes deliberately shocking works of the surrealists. It allows you to discover your own truths, or his perhaps, in a benign way.
He does not see the painting process as particularly meditative for him. He works often "in a state of bliss" as he calls it - enjoying tremendously the fact that he is doing something he is passionate about. Unlike meditation though, as we know it, he remains highly alert to what is unfolding under torch or brush or pencil.
He rang tonight and told me that he has been selected as one of 100 artists worldwide to take part in an exhibition in Canada next year.
He was so happy.
Amy gently teased him in the background.
Scott has never travelled beyond Australia before.
I drove along the ridge of the mountains and down into a deep green rain forested valley. From rainforest to bush the road takes in extraordinary views of cliffs and mountains.
A heavy mist hung low in the valley.
Through a gate and along a dirt track I drove, wondering at the person I was about to meet.
I had spoken to Scott and separately to his partner Amy on the phone a couple of times. I had of course been to see his exhibition. I had been astounded at the intricacy of the lines he had drawn and stunned by the breadth of colour he had captured, literally, from the bush.
I arrived at the house and stood for a moment gazing at the cliffs which loom close by his property. Though the potential for claustrophobia might be high with cliffs towering and bush encroaching, this is not the case where Scott and Amy live with their baby son. Instead there is a feeling of openess and a fine clarity to the quality of the air.
Scott greeted me and took me inside. He is tall, bearded and quietly spoken. Needless to say, he is passionate about his work and joyful at its potential to support his family and allow him to continue his experiments with pigments and drawing with fire.
We yarned for a while and then went for a walk around the property. Trees, bark, water, leaves. Green and blue and ochre, a wallaby leaping away into the bush.
The plan is to document Scott and his work as he and it evolve over the next year. Scott's methodology and thought processes are integral to this, as are his family and his environment.