May I Introduce Stephen Scott Young?

Handline Hook by Stephen Scott Young, watercolor painting, 2010, 10 1/2 x 19 1/2.
Handline Hook by Stephen Scott Young, watercolor painting, 2010,
10 1/2 x 19 1/2.

Stephen Scott Young: Weekend With the Masters Instructor

Stephen Scott Young grew up in St. Augustine, Florida, and studied at the Ringling College of Art and Design, in Sarasota, Florida. He developed an interest in watercolor painting, and came to public attention when he won the first prize in watercolor in American Artist's 1985 national art competition. A contemporary painter best known for depicting the residents, landscape, and architecture of the Bahamas, Florida, and coastal South Carolina, Young paints primarily in watercolor.

Using a careful, deliberate working method, he executes an extensive series of preparatory studies for each of the 20 or so finished artworks he completes per year. Though his love of tropical subject matter links him to Winslow Homer, Young's ability to convey character and psychological insight in his portraits and figure works have earned him frequent comparisons to Thomas Eakins and Andrew Wyeth. Also in the Eakins-Wyeth tradition is the meticulous finish of Young's watercolors and drybrush works, which are built up using successive layers of pigment that give them a depth and intensity akin to that of oil painting.

A trained printmaker, Young also works in silverpoint, an exacting medium first developed during the Renaissance. Young, who was born in Honolulu, lives in south Florida and spends substantial stretches of time each year in the Bahamas, where he captures his subjects-often the native Islanders–in the context of their daily lives. His mature style did not emerge until 1987, on his first visit to Harbour Island in the Bahamas, where he has produced a remarkable body of work devoted to representing the images, the lifestyle, and the setting of the island's native inhabitants. 

His paintings, drawings, and prints have been exhibited in major American museums, including the Greenville County Museum of Art, in South Carolina; the Hunter Museum of American Art, in Chattanooga, Tennessee; and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, in Alabama. He maintains studios in Jupiter, Florida; on the Bahamian island of Eleuthera; and in Charleston, South Carolina. For more information on Young, visit his webpage.

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