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Dan Young was born in Denver and grew up in western Colorado. “Camping and fishing throughout the Rocky Mountains as a child has been a strong influence on me and my work,” Young says.
He attended Colorado Institute of Art, hoping to find a direction in art.After graduation Young moved to Dallas to pursue the commercial art field. Even with a successful Illustration career, the landscape was always calling him back.
In 1989, he returned to Colorado to begin painting full time.
Oil - 10" x 12"
Young enjoys painting the rural life of the west, the ranches that dot the mountain valleys and river bottoms. He states,“ Though I’m a landscape painter, I like introducing hints of man’s presence in the landscape. Sometimes I feel I’m in a race to paint a disappearing way of life. It’s hard to watch so many of the family farms and ranches being swallowed up by development.”
In the Desert
Oil - 14" x 11"
Young clings strongly to the importance of painting from life. He feels painting from life was the most important stepping stone for his career. Most days you can find him painting along a backroad or beside a mountain lake.
" I spend about 50 percent of my time painting on location. That’s what drew me to painting, the love of being out in nature and trying to accurately capture it on canvas. I still get excited when I head out for a day of painting. It doesn’t matter if I paint in Alaska or out my front door, it helps keep me fresh to paint on location."
A Snow Day
Oil - 10" x 12"
Young’s work has been exhibited in many prestigious shows and has been featured in Southwest Art, Aspen Magazine, American Art Collector, Cowboys and Indians Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, Western Art Collector, and Art of the West.
Young is represented by:
Simpson Gallagher Gallery, Cody Wyoming
Ann Korologos Gallery, Basalt Colorado
Legacy Galleries, Scottsdale Arizona, Jackson Wyoming
Settlers West Gallery, Tucson Arizona
Paderewski Gallery, Beaver Creek Colorado
Dan painting en plein air in the snow