'Woodland Way IV'
Mixed Media on canvas.





Ebenezer Gallery
home of the East Cornwall Society of Artists Ltd

Denise Young


Under pinning my personal visual language there is an urgency to extract from organic materials, atmosphere vitality and narrative. I endeavour to communicate with the viewer these factors.
Subsequently, following a representational starting point, I diversify into a pared down semi abstract image. The subject matter is the main impulse and evokes my response. I combine a wide spectrum of subtle colour tones, mark making using painterly techniques, which include thickening agents generating texture. I also integrate stitching yarns into the canvas.
Various locations may have an emotional significance which I embrace as magical places. The intellectual intention being communicated is the sense of self, place and the environment, this being expressed through organic forms, riverbanks, woodland and seascapes.
There is a distinctive relationship between the pictorial content and the media employed. My aim is to suggest the atmosphere which entices the participant into sharing my experience of the location; this defines the essence of the image.
Through semi abstraction, texture, tone, form and line, the mark making evolves, defining spatial systems with in a discernable narrative composition.
Denise Young's family have lived in Looe Cornwall for nearly fifty years.
She trained as a Primary School Teacher at Bordseley T.T.C Birmingham, specialising in Art:/Drama.
After qualifying she taught for 28years in a diverse range of schools including Inner London Education Authority, Inner Ring Birmingham, North Prospect Plymouth Devon, five years at Sunnyside Pretoria South Africa and two Cornish Schools, constantly using 'Art' as learning stimulus. Whilst teaching full time as a Primary school teacher she also taught swimming at all levels and ages as an ASA Advanced swimming Teacher and Fellow of the ISTC.
During this period she gained a Bachelor of Philosophy (Ed.) and qualified as a T.E.F.L teacher.
She is a member of Looe Arts Society, East Cornwall Society of Artists, Caradon Artnet and Artists in Cornwall using watercolours, acrylics and mixed media. Inspiration is taken from travel, exhibitions, galleries, Cornish Coastline, organic forms flora and fauna. She successfully completed a Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art/Design Merit Grade with Distinction Credit at Cornwall College Saltash.
She has been awarded B.A. (Hon) Fine Art, Falmouth University College of Art & Design.

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