Who I Am
My name is Ken Young. I was born in Fife, Scotland, and my wife and I live there now. Our home is the small coastal town of Dalgety Bay, which is close to Edinburgh and overlooks the spectacular Firth of Forth.
My Background As An Artist
I’ve loved drawing and painting since my earliest years. After taking an early retirement from the civil service in 2010, I threw myself into painting in earnest. Along the way, I’ve taken a leading role in local art clubs and run courses for their members. I’ve sold paintings internationally and won awards and commendations. Some of my work has featured in art magazines, websites, galleries and large public exhibitions.
For a long time, I’ve seen myself as a realist painter in style. By that, I mean I’ve tended to paint the ‘real’ world in a representational way. People describe me as ‘a painter of detail’. Nowadays realism is seen as a traditional form of art, but I like to give my artwork a contemporary feel. I often portray the effects of bright light and shadow, enhanced by strong colour. My preferred subjects include urban scenes, architecture, boats and harbours and still life. Watercolour is the medium I use most.
Recently, I’ve had the urge to expand my artistic range by exploring the realms of abstract art, collage art and mixed media painting. I expect I’ll probably continue with my realist work, but I may supplement it with some experimentation in times to come.
Influences And Interests
As an artist, I look on the internet as a positive asset. I’ve built this site to take advantage of it, to showcase my paintings to whoever wants to take an interest.
When I lack motivation, I can go online and be inspired by the works of countless other painters. Artists whose work I admire are far too numerous to list. Among them are John Salminen, Ian Sidaway, Ron Jesty, Joseph Zbukvic, Bill Vrscak, Jean Grastorf and Dean Mitchell, to name only a few. Incidentally, I’m in the habit of pinning paintings that I’ve enjoyed on several Pinterest boards: click here to see them.
Aside from painting, and looking at other people’s artwork, I enjoy family life, travel, prog rock, reading and taking long walks.