Hello, I’m Mark A Young. The DOXART site contains some of my paintings, drawings, and sketches from the early 70s to the present. I’ve chosen some of my favorite pieces from several different phases and arranged them in loose chronological order.
The work presented on DOXART connects me to significant periods of personal life, or to various inspirational experiences. Looking at them collectively, I see the landmarks of my artistic development and get a sense of my artistic direction.
Drawing from a live model is one of the great artistic challenges and a truly invaluable experience. The infinite and constantly changing anatomical forms provide an excellent way to develop visual skill. While the majority of my artistic efforts were spent with my graphics business, Young At ART, live drawing has kept me in the world of finer and more challenging explorations.
I’m currently transitioning into a more serious painter. My path has taken far longer than some, but I have remained true to the form and have never considered myself “there”. Most likely I never will. I also believe art is subjective to a certain extent. However, I don’t subscribe to the notion that there is no bad art. For me, the best art immediately tells me the artist knows who they are and what they’re doing, on a technical level: I believe that creating a convincing image involves the effective use of artistic elements coupled with solid design principles. However, I can also very much appreciate the freshness of paint splattered on a canvas.
My search for the truth in art has taken me a number of directions. At the moment, the beauty of shapes, color, light, and arrangements of form is much more important to me than telling a story.
Overall, my biggest challenge has been to find my personal voice as an artist. Some people are born with amazing natural abilities to draw. That’s not me. My journey has been long and hard, but I find every aspect enjoyable.
Thanks for your interest.