According to Paco Young “I’ve finally found my way as a painter. I now understand the beauty of moving paint, the process of painting and the expression of my ideas well beyond that of simply illustrating or copying photographs. Now I can grow as an artist”. Paco’s career has spanned over 20 years in which he has traveled extensively and exhibited art, prints and posters at hundreds of gallery and museum shows including the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, C.M. Russell Museum, Gilcrease Museum and the Trailside Galleries.
Paco Young lives near the Gallatin River outside Bozeman, Montana with his wife and young son in an environment that provides constant and ever-changing fuel for his art, prints and posters. His subjects are almost entirely derived from trips to nearby Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Glacier National Parks. Young says, “There’s an endless source of inspiring subject matter in the Northern Rockies and I’ve always believed an artist should paint that with which he is most familiar and cares the most about, so I do. While wildlife is my predominant subject, the landscape is essential to creating a complete work rather than a bit of habitat behind an animal portrait.”
The work of Paco Young reflects a level of maturity that comes only from years of passionate work and dedication. Painting en plein air or, outdoors on location is the one process that he says has taught him the most about painting as well as being his favorite way to work. “An artist learns to paint quickly, distilling the landscape into it’s essential elements, simplifying shapes and capturing light before it changes, this is real painting”. Young says artists should paint in a manner that reflects who they are. “I’m rough- around-the-edges, so are my paintings. I’m impatient and restless, my paintings are direct and not burdened with needless detail. Paintings should be honest, passionate and from the artist’s heart, trends and markets be damned. I paint what I want, the way I want and this keeps me passionate about each and every painting.”