Simon Young

Painting and sketching were regular features pretty early on; yet in spite of an enthusiasm for oils and watercolours I joined the Army.  Whilst in the Armed Forces I found time to get the brushes out; being a 'soldier and painter' worked with lots of subjects to hand. Deployments to trouble spots provided interesting painting opportunities as well as an understanding of confused situations, the people involved and challenges faced.  Kids suffer a lot in such environments - hence exhibitions supporting Hope and Homes for Children and SOS Children's Villages.  Moving around made oil painting awkward, so sketching and painting in watercolour became the norm. My travels stimulated interest in light, colour, form and perspective.  Now retired, time exists to explore what works and what doesn't using watercolour.