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The Redstone Art Foundation starts its10th year of summer workshops for the public with Silt artist Dan Young. His three-day oil painting workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 8-10 in the Community Room at the Redstone Fire Station and on location. Enrollment is limited and costs $170. To enroll and for further information, call Marion at 963-4622.Dan YoungArtist statement: For me, painting is about being involved with your subject and its surroundings, not only what you see, but sounds, smells, temperature and humidity, which all evoke my emotional response to the scene. If I can capture the feel of a cold chill on a winter day or the heat and humidity of a summer afternoon, that is much more important than details of a scene. I hope the viewer has the same or even a different emotional connection with the painting. It might remind them of a childhood memory or a favorite place in the past. That allows me to connect with the viewer on a deeper level.Artist background: I was born in Denver and grew up in western Colorado. Camping and fishing throughout the Rocky Mountains as a child has been a strong influence on me and my work. I enjoy painting the rural life of the West – the ranches that dot the mountain valleys and river bottoms. Although I’m a landscape painter, I like introducing hints of man’s presence in the landscape. Sometimes I feel I’m in a race to paint a disappearing way of life. It’s hard to watch so many of the family farms and ranches being swallowed up by development. I cling strongly to the importance of painting from life. I still try to spend about 50 percent of my time painting on location. That’s what drew me to painting, the love of being out in nature and trying to accurately capture it on canvas. I’ve worked hard to try to capture the feel or mood of the moment. It might be the chill of a fall morning or heat of a summer afternoon. I still get excited when I head out for a day of painting. It doesn’t matter if I’m painting in Alaska or out my front door, it helps keep me fresh to paint on location.Artist education: I attended the Colorado Institute of Art, hoping to find a direction in art. After graduation, I moved to Dallas to pursue the commercial art field. Even with a successful illustration career, the landscape was always calling me back. In 1989, I returned to Colorado to begin painting full time. Shows and gallery exhibitions:– Arts in the Embassies, two-man show, Brussels, Belgium, 2005– Western Visions Miniatures, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, Wyo., 2004– Coors Western Art Exhibit, National Western Stock Show, Denver, 2001-05– Bradford Brinton Memorial Museum, two-man show, Bighorn, Wyo., 2003– Artist for Colorado’s Youth, Colorado History Museum, Denver, 2001-04– Where Mountains Touch the Sky, Colorado Mountain Club, Golden, 2002-04– Biennial Invitational, Bradford Brinton Memorial Museum, Bighorn, Wyo., 2003-04– Great American West Show, Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Ariz., 2002-05– Colorado Governor’s Invitational Show, Loveland Museum, Loveland, 2002-04– American Miniatures, Settlers West Gallery, Tucson, Ariz., 1995-2004– Close to Home, one-man show, Basalt Gallery, Basalt, 1997-2004– Oil Painters of America, national show,P & C Gallery, Washington, D.C., 1998– Oil Painters of America, national show, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, 1996– Our Mountain Valleys, two-person show, Basalt Gallery, Basalt, 1996– Oil Painters of America, regional show, Concetta D. Gallery, Albuquerque, N.M., 1996– Journal of an Artist, one-man show, Upper Edge Gallery, Aspen, 1996– Alaska/Canadian Adventure, two-person show, Basalt Gallery, Basalt, 1995– Brush and Palette Show, Western Colorado Center of the Arts, Grand Junction, 1995– Best and Brightest, Scottsdale Artist School, Scottsdale, Ariz., 1995– Oil Painters of America, regional show, Scottsdale, 1995– American Art in Miniature, Gilcrease Museum, Oklahoma City, 1994– Oil Painters of America, national show, Long Grove, Ill., 1994– Salmagundi Club, New York, N.Y., 1994– Two-person show, Basalt Gallery, Basalt, 1994– Best and Brightest, Scottsdale Artist School, Scottsdale, 1993– Artist of the West, Pioneer Museum, Colorado Springs, 1993– Art Festival, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, 1992– Plein Air Show, three-person show, Webb Gallery, Glenwood Springs, 1992– Upper Edge Gallery, two-person show, Aspen, 1991– Roaring Fork Annual, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, 1991Family information: Married to Kathy, and one daughter, Chloe, age 2How did you get started as an artist: I was always drawing and painting at an early age. I studied art magazines and whatever art books I could find. I always had the desire to be an artist, but was never sure how to make a living. A school friend suggested Colorado Institute of Art, which was a stepping stone to starting an art career. I landed an illustrator job out of school and eventually moved to freelance illustration. A strong desire to return to Colorado and paint landscapes finally happened in 1989.What do you do in your free time: With a 2-year-old there is no free time! Actually I enjoy outdoor activities: fishing, hiking, camping and just exploring. We try to include our 2-year-old as much as possible. Fortunately I have a job which allows me to spend time outdoors.What’s your favorite medium: Oil – it is the most versatile of all the mediums. I love the quality of oil paint; I can thin it to a wash or make a thick, juicy stroke. The texture can create such excitement. It’s like playing with cake frosting!Who’s your favorite artist: I enjoy the work of many artists. Some of my favorites are deceased artists. Hanson Puthuff was a California artist who had a wonderful feel for painting atmosphere in work. Chauncey Ryder was an East Coast painter with a very delicate and almost organic feel to his work. The list could go on and on.What or who is your biggest influence: That is a hard question for me! The best advice I’ve received was to paint from life. I don’t think there was one person or event that gave me the drive necessary to be successful as an artist. My parents were always supportive through out my career. I’ve had many artist friends who have helped me through the process of growing as an artist. Now I have a family that continues to support and influence where my career is heading. Try painting a 2-year- old!
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