If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” (Vincent van Gogh).



Ken Young is based in Dalgety Bay, a small coastal town in Fife, in the East of Scotland. He had a career in the UK Civil Service for many years, concluding as a legal director at the Land Register of Scotland. He retired early to devote himself to painting.

While Ken’s medium of choice is watercolour, he also enjoys working with pencil, pastels, gouache, mixed media and collage.

A painter in the realist style, Ken takes a robust approach to his artwork. More often than not, the subjects he depicts involve man-made objects or scenes, e.g., cityscapes, architectural detail, harbours and boats, still life. The effect of light, producing vivid colour and strong shadow, is a common motif in his work.

Ken's paintings have appeared in galleries, national art magazines and prestigious public shows such as the open exhibitions run by the Royal Scottish Academy and the Paisley Art Institute.