"Chama River Idyll,"  oils on canvas, 24x36

Landscape paintings in oils

A connection with the land through expressive painting

A unique vision of the Southwest

A celebration of color

About the Artist

Rick Young

Rick finds inspiration in the unique confluence of topography, culture, and light that is the Southwest.  He uses bright color and stylized strokes to bring the mountains, mesas, and canyons of northern New Mexico to life.

Artist, Historian, and Teacher

After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Miami University (Ohio), Rick moved to Colorado where he embarked on a career in teaching.  After earning an MA in US History at the University of Colorado, he wrote an award-winning book, The Ute Indians of Colorado in the Twentieth Century.  Rick draws upon his research into the various peoples of the Southwest--Native, Hispano, and Anglo--to better depict the human imprint on this ruggedly beautiful land. Since retiring from teaching, Rick has been painting full time.  He lives with his wife and two dogs in Castle Rock, Colorado.

Gallery Representation

Acosta Strong Fine Art, Santa Fe

640 Canyon Road

Santa Fe, NM  87501



45 Degree Gallery, Colorado Springs

2528 Colorado Avenue

Colorado Springs, CO  80904



Contact the artist

Contact Rick to inquire about purchasing a painting, arranging a commission, or to ask a question.