About the artist
Although Derek Young is a 'self taught' artist, he feels that the term hardly describes the amount of focussed research and practice that has gone into his development as an artist. He has painted in watercolour and has tutored classes and workshops for the last fifteen years or so and has been instrumental in the formation of various local art groups. He is currently a member of The Badenoch and Strathspey Society of Artists and exhibits at the Society’s annual exhibition of members’ work.
An integral component in all of his oil paintings is a technique which was developed by friend and fellow artist Peter Barton. This method relies on a critical mix of oil paint and a special painting medium which together, can produce paintings which are basically representational but also have an abstract quality present in them. Certain recognisable features of the subject being painted are rendered in such a way that suggested detail is sufficient to allow the viewer to interpret this as the chaotic rock formations found on crags, outcrops and mountain sides. The random glazes that are applied over these create the special atmospheric effects that form an inherent component of the mountain experience and which also occur along a coastline. The result is an interpretation rather than a photographic image and as such, is likely to appeal to those who can identify with the scene, possibly through personal experience.
The views and subjects are of places encountered by Derek while hill walking, off road cycling, ski mountaineering, sea canoeing or merely enjoying being in mountain surroundings or by the shore. Photographs are used to record detail and these supplement the sketches and notes made to record personal feelings experienced at the time of the visit. Favourite subjects may be reinterpreted many times but the nature of the techniques employed ensure that no two paintings can ever be identical.