A native of rural Utah, Young has been painting since he was five years old. His talent earned him several awards and a college scholarship. However, he chose to educate himself by studying paintings of artists he admired. Beginning his career by painting western themes, he soon changed to his present style once he became familiar with a group of America’s most distinguished realists. Among these artists were Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, N.C. Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth, Edward Hopper and Howard Pyle who painted their surroundings with strong emotion and depth. From them, Young learned that perhaps the most important subjects to paint are the subjects that are right in front of us. By painting what he knows and loves, he paints emotion.
Young tells us that, “I have to be emotionally connected to a circumstance before the creative process can begin, and then, and only then, will the painting really sing. Without that very personal connection, the reason for painting doesn’t exist, and without the reason, it would just become a task and not an extension or a sharing of myself.”
Young’s paintings are filled with straightforward, truthful images, blended with memory and child-like imagination. His ability to make the viewer feel as though he was familiar with the subject is uncanny. He can take a theme such as an October morning and make you feel the cool, crisp air and smell the pleasant outdoor aromas.
Currently, he resides with his wife and two children in the rural Utah town where he grew up. His love of the “small town” community and his family are the driving forces behind his painting. Young’s paintings hang in private and corporate collections throughout the world.