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Stephen Scott Young (b. 1957)

A contemporary painter best known for depicting the residents, landscape and architecture of the Bahamas, Florida, and coastal South Carolina, Stephen Scott Young paints primarily in watercolor. Using a careful, deliberate working method, Young executes an extensive series of preparatory studies for each of the 20 or so finished artworks he completes per year. Though his love of tropical subject matter links him to Winslow Homer, Young's ability to convey character and psychological insight in his portraits and figural works have earned him frequent comparisons to Thomas Eakins and Andrew Wyeth.

Also in the Eakins-Wyeth tradition is the meticulous finish of Young's watercolors and drybrush works, which are built up using successive layers of pigment that give them a depth and intensity akin to that of oil painting. A trained printmaker, Young also works in silverpoint, an exacting medium first developed during the Renaissance. Young, who was born in Honolulu, lives in south Florida and spends substantial stretches of time each year in the Bahamas, where he captures his subjects in the context of their daily lives. His work has been the subject of numerous solo gallery and museum exhibitions.