Laura G. Young
"I paint and draw birds. I also paint a lot of other things, but birds, especially common species, have been a reoccurring theme ever since I can remember. For many of us, birds are the only wildlife that we get to see on a daily basis, if only from a distance. As an artist, I find their varied forms and behaviors to be a never-ending source of inspiration. Pencil and watercolors have long been my preferred mediums, but I've begun to explore oils, as well. There's something extremely satisfying about depicting a living thing. It's as if, by going over every feather, every detail, my preconceived notions get shoved aside and I finally get to SEE it for the first time. My sincerest hope is that my paintings and illustrations will remind viewers that the natural world is still out there, just beyond our subdivisions and lifestyle centers, and is worthy of our consideration.”
– Laura G. Young
I found Laura via the Internet and quickly connected with her work and writings. In addition to volunteering to participate in my UF research, she graciously agreed to send me one painting to include in this exhibition. By looking at art and connecting with artists, I learn to appreciate the beauty in how others see the world and use their chosen mediums to speak. While knowing just a bit about Laura’s path to art, I look at “Of More Value” and see the details of studying and practicing her craft over many, many years. I appreciate her interpretation of birds and nature for the different aspects of making art I have yet to explore. I am grateful to have her art in my exhibition as a humble reminder that when we open our minds and hearts to differences, we grow faith in the beauty of people-kind and our place on Earth.