My subject is endangered. The vast open spaces and farmlands that inhabit my paintings are disappearing at an alarming rate. To create my unique imagery, I draw upon my experiences living and working in the agricultural valleys of the Midwest. An appreciation of open space, contrasted with my obsession of early architecture drives me to find old barns and rural farmhouses to include in my work.
My working methods involve collecting my subject matter, reinterpreting it and creating a scene that is reminiscent of a time or place. The creative process begins with a view that captures my attention. Next, is a quick sketch in Sharpie Marker to capture value and light source, followed by a loose color study in watercolor or oil on paper. A digital photo captures details for future reference. Most paintings are created using multiple views from different sources.
I paint mostly on wood panel or canvas, depending on the scale of the work.
Interior of James Young Fine Art Retail Gallery