Stephen Scott Young is a renowned contemporary watercolorist and etcher whose works are in major collections and museums.
Young was born in Hawaii, moved to Florida with his family at the age of 14, and studied printmaking at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota. His watercolor technique, which frequently makes use of drybrush, is self-taught, and based on his admiration for artists like Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth and Thomas Eakins.
Young lives part time in Florida and part time in the Bahama Islands, where he finds subjects for many of his well known paintings of children. This was also a place where Homer came to paint, and Young has even done compositions that are essentially recreations of Homer paintings.
Whether at play, moody and contemplative, or even formally posed, his images of children seem to see past the surface into a moment in their lives.
The refined technique and precise draftsmanship applied to his subjects are often set off against loosely suggested backgrounds, rendered together in a muted palette with accents of brighter color.
Young also works in etching, drypoint and silverpoint drawing.
[Via Artist Daily]