Dan Young was born in Denver and grew up in western Colorado. ”Camping and fishing through out the Rocky Mountains as a child has been a strong influence on my work” Young stated. His love of the outdoors has been a driving force in his paintings. He attended the Colorado Institute of Art, hoping to find a direction in art. After graduation he moved to Dallas, Texas to pursue the commercial art field. Even with a successful illustration career, the landscape was always calling him back! In 1989 he returned to his roots in Colorado to begin painting full time.
Young enjoys painting the rural life of the west, the ranches that dot the mountain valleys and river bottoms. He clings strongly to the importance of painting from life. He feels painting on location was one of the most important stepping stones for his career. Most days you can find him painting along a back road or beside a mountain lake. “I still try to spend as much time as possible painting on location. That’s what drew me to painting, the love of being out in nature and trying to accurately capture it on canvas. I’ve worked hard to convey the feel or mood of the moment. I believe capturing the feel is more important than the details of a scene. It might be the crisp chill of a fall morning or the radiating heat of a summer afternoon. I still get excited when I head out for a day of painting. It doesn’t matter if I’m painting in Alaska or out my front door.”