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Dan Young was born in Denver and grew up in rural western Colorado, His experiences camping, fishing and exploring throughout the Rocky Mountains as a child have been an important influence on his work. His appreciation for time spent out in nature was a strong connection for becoming an artist. He attended Colorado Institute of Art. Hoping to find a direction for his talent. After graduation he moved to Dallas Texas to pursue the commercial art field. Even with a successful illustration career, the landscape of his youth was continually calling him back. He returned to Colorado in 1989 to begin painting full time. Young enjoys painting the rural life of the west, the ranches that dot the mountain valleys and river bottoms. He clings strongly to the importance of painting from life. “You have to get out and get your boots muddy to really appreciate your subject” Young says with a smile. He tries to spend as much time as possible painting on location, trying to capture his love and appreciation of nature on his canvas. He has worked diligently for years trying to convey the feel of the moment in his paintings. “For me it is not about the details of the scene. It’s the emotion of that exact moment that I’m after” states Young.


Young’s work has been exhibited in many prestigious shows such as:

Arts in the Embassies. American Embassy, Brussels Belgium

Arts in the Embassies, American Embassy, Athens Greece

American Master’s at SCNY, Salmagundi Art Club, New York New York

Maynard Dixon Country, Mount Carmel Utah

Small Works Great Wonders, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City OK

Western Visions, National Museum of Wildlife, Jackson Wyoming

Coors Western Art Exhibit, National Western Stock Show, Denver Colorado

Artist for Colorado’s Youth, Colorado History Museum, Denver Colorado

Biennial Invitational, Brinton Museum, Big Horn Wyoming

American Art in Miniature, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa Oklahoma

Boots and Brushes, Colorado Governor’s Mansion, Denver Colorado


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