Rick Young finds inspiration in the unique confluence of topography, culture, and light that is the Southwest. His paintings capture the austere beauty of canyon and mesa, of sagebrush and adobe. Villages, farms, ranches, and churches often populate Rick's paintings as the artist celebrates the long struggle of people to scratch a living from this land. Through his art, Rick transports the viewer into an idyllic pastoral world.
After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Miami University (Ohio), Rick moved to Colorado where he embarked upon a career in teaching. While earning an MA in U.S. History at the University of Colorado (Denver), Rick researched the experience of one group native to the Southwest: the Southern Ute Indians. This work culminated in Rick's award-winning book, The Ute Indians of Colorado in the Twentieth Century. In his paintings, Rick taps his knowledge of the peoples of the Southwest--Native, Hispano, and Anglo--to better depict the human imprint on this land.
Since retiring from teaching, Rick has been painting full time. Rick lives with his wife, daughter, and two dogs in Castle Rock, Colorado.