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 taught herself via books and sketching directly from nature. When she participated in a Russian student exchange 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.
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 Vida Ellison Gallery in Denver, and the Keimig Gallery of Western Art in Wyoming.
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.”