First Fridays at the Farm – Laura G. Young
Stop in during the First Friday Gallery Walk for a unique art event at Wolverine Farm featuring artists of the visual and literary bent. It’s a different event each month, stay tuned for details! This month, we’re excited to welcome Laura G. Young and her beautiful bird studies.
Winged Visages: Bird Portraits by Laura G. Young
Tall pines. Lonely peaks. Exquisite birds. The artwork of Laura G. Young is steeped in the rich mountain worlds she grew up in. A seventh generation West Virginian, Young left the Alleghenies for the Rockies when her family relocated to Fort Collins when she was nine years old. A childhood of camping, hiking, and wilderness tales fueled her imagination and filled her notebooks with drawings.
Initially, Young was content with teaching herself via books and sketching directly from nature. When she participated in an exchange student program, however, she encountered the great artistic traditions of Europe for the first time – and was, in her words, “never the same afterwards”. After teaching English abroad for a couple years, she resolved to return to painting and began seeking out instructors and workshops that could further her skill.
She subsequently studied with several respected local artists, then went on to complete a mentorship under Colorado landscape painter Jay Moore. She also sought out tutelage from wildlife luminaries Robert Bateman and Mort Solberg.
Young’s work now hangs in private collections across the country with top awards from various art organizations, including the Susan K. Black Foundation. Her work has been exhibited in the PAAC National Show in Boulder, the Carnegie Building in Fort Collins, and the Vida Ellison Gallery in Denver.
Young’s latest paintings, along with several other talented artists’ work, are currently featured at the Keimig Gallery of Western Art in Dubois, Wyoming, just southeast of Yellowstone National Park.
“Birds, especially common or overlooked species, have been a reoccurring theme ever since I can remember. For many of us, they are the only wildlife that we get to see on a daily basis, if only from a distance. As an artist, I find their varied forms and behaviors to be a never-ending source of inspiration. Pencil and watercolors have long been my preferred mediums, but I’ve begun to explore oils, as well. There’s something extremely satisfying about depicting a living thing. It’s as if, by going over every feather, every detail, my preconceived notions get shoved aside and I finally get to SEE it for the first time. My sincerest hope is that my work will remind viewers that the natural world is still out there, just beyond our subdivisions and lifestyle centers, and is worthy of our consideration.” –Laura G. Young