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 a coastal town named Dalgety Bay – it’s 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, I threw myself into painting in earnest. I’m self-taught; I learned what I know about art simply by getting hands-on with it.
Along the way, I’ve taken a leading role in local art clubs and provided demonstrations, workshops and courses for their members. I’ve sold many 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 aim 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 started to explore the realms of abstract art, collage art and mixed media painting. I’m keen on sketching and line and wash drawing too. I’ll continue with my realist work, but I’ll mix it up with some experimentation from time to time. It’s all about keeping up an interest in the practice of art.
Offering My Artwork
Being an independent artist, I don’t offer my work through commercial art galleries, whose owners will often set onerous conditions and charge high fees and prices. And I may be wrong, but I’ve formed the impression that public exhibitions, once a good source of sales income for many artists, don’t attract the same level of public interest as they once did.
So, I now offer many of my paintings for sale online, through this website. My Portfolio contains prices and other details. Moreover, I promise to deal fairly with buyers and refrain from the hard sell.
As an artist, I regard the internet as a (mostly) positive asset. I’ve built this site to take advantage of it, to showcase my paintings to anyone who wants to take an interest.
When I lack motivation, I go online to seek inspiration from 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.
I enjoy pinning artwork that I like to Pinterest boards: click here to see them.
Aside from drawing and painting, and looking at other people’s artwork, I enjoy family life, travel, prog rock, reading and taking long walks.