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 Colorado Rockies when her family moved at age nine. 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 feels that her upbringing in both West Virginia and Colorado, places that are renowned for their rich geological heritage, dramatic vistas and varied wildlife, have informed her art in ways that might not have happened otherwise. “I'm especially interested in areas of rapid transition and how we, as humans, are adding or detracting from the natural beauty around us. Making art is my way of slowing down and purposefully appreciating a particular bird, mountain or tree that I otherwise might've overlooked,” Young says. “By painting, I hope to share this appreciation with others.”
Young's latest paintings, along with several other talented artists' work, are currently featured at Keimig's Gallery of Western Art in Dubois, Wyoming, just southeast of Yellowstone National Park.