Katherine B. Young’s paintings are explorations of the spiritual in nature, specifically in the vast spaces of ocean and sky. Alluding to art historical icon paintings, Young begins each piece with an underlying layer of gold or silver leaf. Built upon the reflective leafing, the imagery evokes a calm and meditative atmosphere. Young intentionally reveals hints of the leafing to enhance the glow and sense of reflection.
Young studied art in her youth before earning her M.D. at Duke University and completing her post-graduate studies at Stanford University. After 10 years of private practice in medicine, Young took a sabbatical from her surgical career to raise her daughter and resume her study of art. Young earned an M.F.A. with honors at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2011.
Young has exhibited in solo and group shows both locally and nationally, including such venues as Stanford University, Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, and the Napa Valley Museum. Her numerous awards include the Grand Prize in the International Artist Magazine Competition. She is a member of the American Society of Marine Artists and co-chair of the San Francisco Chapter of the California Art Club. Young maintains a studio and lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter.