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Nick Young - Fine Artist

Nick Young

Princeton, IL - United States

 
 
 

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Nick Young

Princeton, IL - United States

Nick Young - Fine Artist

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About Nick Young

'How did you get started drawing?'

It's the first thing I'm asked, and my answer is:

'O. J. Simpson.'

As a broadcast journalist for more than forty years, I've covered a lot of big stories. One of the most sensational was the 1995 Simpson murder trial. My assignment for CBS Radio News (when I wasn't in the courtroom in Los Angeles) was to sit in a New York studio and anchor the network's gavel-to-gavel coverage of the trial. With the lion's share of time taken up by testimony, I had long stretches with little to say.

I began sketching the faces of the witnesses on paper napkins that had been left in the studio. When I finished one, I'd thumbtack it to the wall. After a while, I'd accumulated a small collection. And co-workers took note. Armed with their encouragement, I decided to give drawing a try in my off hours.

My first effort was a small portrait of the great bluesman John Lee Hooker. Not bad, I said to myself, not bad at all. But it didn't last. After only a few other drawings, I stopped.

And I didn't pick up the pencils and pad again for thirteen years.

What prodded me to start again?

A good friend loaned me John Daido Loori's 'The Zen of Creativity.' It's a wonderful book, and it showed me the way back. That was in the spring of 2008, and I'm still at it.

The response to my work has been very gratifying. I had my first show in the fall of 2009 in Westchester County, New York, .Another one-man show followed in 2011 in Princeton, Illinois where I now live with my wife. I have a spring show coming up at a gallery in Peru, Illinois.

That's my story. I hope you like my work.

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