For over twenty-five years, Dan Young has been creating artwork in various mediums including watercolor, oils, alkyds, acrylics, etching, silkscreen, sculpting, mold making and monotypes on silkscreen. Currently, he is working in acrylic on canvas or oil-on-board, with a style developed using all of his previous education and experience. The initial step of his process is priming a canvas or panel with an exciting color tone to set the mood of the artwork. This tone unifies and creates the initial energy. Then translucent, bold color defines the image with the underlying color creating the aura around an object. Every tree, bush or rock seems to pulsate with a living energy. The use of abundant color mirrors the heightened visual sense created when the tropical sun meets foliage, sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. A favorite color choice is the turquoise/teal waters and late afternoon sun with stunning sultry color.
“Working in a loose, joyful impressionist style feels like freedom from the mundane. A stunning setting can swell my soul with a sense of well-being. There are scenes all around us that if viewed in different light, have beautiful, miraculous qualities. Paths that we travel many times can have special impact when witnessed in various lighting. Look up. Exploring light at sunrise and sunset enhances colors and it adds hues not typical of mid-day. Cast shadows lend depth, character, and mystery to the landscape. The deep shades frame the scene and ignite the images we are trying to remember.”
“I hope that my romanticized landscapes can help viewers revisit the vibrant glow of the islands.”