SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN BIRDS
A Collection of Works by Acclaimed Wildlife Artist Alan R. Young
Virginia Hand Callaway Exhibit Hall
November 9, 2012-January 10, 2013
Wildlife artist Alan R. Young is well known throughout the South for his birds of the Appalachian illustrations. Primarily self taught and facing the disadvantage of being partially colorblind, he overcame adversity to attain success that includes having paintings that reside in private and public collections across the United States and Europe.
After moving his family from Atlanta to the North Georgia mountains in 1994, Young needed look no further than out his back window for inspiration. The fertile forests and mountain ranges of the Southern Appalachians offered panoramic backdrops, and his first encounter with the magnificent and striking Pileated Woodpecker was a turning point in this process. He would become a wildlife artist, specializing in birds, not only for the variety of species, but for his new-found love of nature.
Young has won numerous fine art awards, with works in private and corporate collections from the United States to Europe, both prints and originals. He is now considered one of the top wild bird artists in the Southeast, often featured in national and regional publications. He has chosen to remain independent, publishing and marketing his own work.
Many collectors describe Young’s work as “looking the way nature should look,” compared to a more forced, sometimes superimposed look created by other artists. His technique is sometimes mistaken for pastel, when the correct application is dry-brush watercolor – yet another way he separates himself from other artists.
Other noteworthy accomplishments include the creation of the North Georgia Wildlife Arts Festival, and the judging of various other art festivals and events, including the Junior Duck Stamp competition. Yet art is only part of the motivation for Young. Appreciation and concern for the environment are equally important to him. “To play a small part in our crusade to save our planet is reason enough to continue painting,” he says.