Janet Young | Photographer | December Artist of the Month

Were you always creative and what was your earliest creation?

I’ve always been creative. My life seems to revolve around rocks. I grew up on the shores of Lake Erie and spent a lot of time playing with and collecting tumbled rock. I was probably five or six years old, but I remember making a rock sculpture for my Mom, as a gift. I had taken five tumbled rocks, painted them, and glued them to form my toadstool sculpture. Today, I still balance rocks, but there’s no glue involved.

At what point did you say, “I’m an artist”?

There was no defining moment for such. I just am who I am. I’m an artistic person. If my work classifies me as an artist, so be it.

What is your specialty?

Photography. I was about six years old when I received my very first camera, a Polaroid instamatic. It was such a thrill to watch that photograph come to life on film. So, photography became my creative outlet. For a high school graduation gift, my parents gave me a Minolta 35mm camera outfit. With that, I could travel the world and bring it back for them to see. Today, I capture unique perspectives on everyday life and try to convey those life stories.

What is your favorite piece (of your own) and why?

My favorite piece is called “Lifeguard of the North Shore”. I captured it in Hawaii on Oahu’s North Shore as the sun was setting. It represents me, not only for my love of water, rock and the mountains, but for who I am. I feel like a protector, keeping watch. So, when I see this image, I see my life.

Do you exhibit your work? If so, where?

I exhibit my work whenever and wherever possible. I promote the concept of art healing where art can transform the mind and enable the viewer to travel to a more pleasant time and place. I’ve been very fortunate to have my work purchased by health care facilities across the state and to see the artwork in action. Art Heals!

What inspires you, in general?

Life inspires me. The good, the bad, the ugly. When I step back and look at my life, I see all the charitable people that I’ve surrounded myself with. I see teachers and therapists whose actions inspire me every day. I also see those whose actions are less than standard and I’m made to understand why they act the way they do. I’m a student and a teacher in this life and continue to be enlightened. I try to do my best to give back, every day.

If you could be an artist anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I’m not grounded. I have so many places where I want to explore and people I want to interact with. This world is so diverse, and I’ve explored a lot of it, but the world is my playground and I cannot choose just one place. Art will be wherever I am.

What is your dream for the future?

My dream is simple: a peaceful existence. A world where we can all co-exist without feeling the need to beat another down so that we can feel better about ourselves.

Who is your favorite artist?

No one person will come to mind. Any artist whose work tells a story is one I will connect with. Sometimes, a picture is just a picture. Well, sometimes a piece is just a piece. When that artwork touches me in a way that transforms my mind, then I can connect.

On any given day, you can view my work at The Capitol Arts Center in Bowling Green, KY. I will also do specialty exhibits at various galleries. Follow me on social media and check out my website and sales galleries.

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Website: www.JYoungPhotography.com

Calm in the Midst of Chaos
Fall is in the Air
High and Dry
Locks of Love… YOU!
Louisville Waterfront
Lifeguard of the North Shore