Born into an impoverished mining family in the Ardennes area of Belgium, Scoriel managed to break away from this because of an extraordinarily precocious artist talent. He was granted a scholarship to attend the Academy of Namur and would later gain some instruction from the French painter Jean Blanche in Honfleur, in France. His work prior to the First World War was luminist in style, much influenced by the work of Emile Claus. These impressionist works, almost exclusively landscapes depicted views around Namur and the Sambre River Valley. From 1920 he attached more importance on line and form although his choice of subject remained the same. His work was highly regarded during his life and examples can be seen today in the Museum of Charleroi.