As Yogi Berra is quoted as saying, "When you come to a fork in the road, take it". There is absolutely no reason why you can't build "the art" into automated code. To be honest, if you aren't, then you can't claim to be a scientist just because you're automated something. You have to build in a little "AI" and, in this case, I don't mean just "Artificial Intelligence"... it has to be "Artful Intelligence", as well.
I'll also take an "Artist" over someone that automates stuff but doesn't quite do it right. A good scientist will also under stand not only the art but sometimes the "Black Arts" of something well enough to automate those.
What you really want (and truly need) is an "Artful Scientist" or a "Scientific Artist" and also knows when to be one, the other, or both. 😀