RAlanYoung Paintings and Drawings


As a child growing up in the metropolitan Detroit area in the 1950s and 1960s, I was influenced by my father who served as Art Director for Ford Motor Company, Mouse/Kelly studios, D.H. Lawrence and early science fiction films. Other influences include Caspar David Friedrich, Marsden Hartley, Carl Jung, Jim Harrison, David Lynch and Cheryl Shurtleff Young. I attended schools in northern Michigan (BFA), southern Idaho (MA), eastern Washington (MFA) and western Oregon before settling in southwestern Idaho. My work explores the use of natural forms and everyday objects as representations of human experience.

This website presents an overview of my work dating from 1986 to the present. Clicking on each image in the "Portfolio" section will reveal additional work in the series. Each section contains introductory text that I hope you'll find helpful. I have also included a brief personal essay on grief entitled "C & I" written after the death of my wife and during a recent residency in Iceland.

Thanks for looking!