The Leitrim Design House is delighted to have this much-admired painter return with new landscape paintings to ARTWALL. Freda’s natural painting ability and fluid brushwork shines through in this collection, an exhibition she titled Everyday Scenes. Freda Young’s work is rurally based, a visual record of the changing seasons and the light that can be observed on the landscape. Living on the Cavan/Leitrim border, the countryside is an endless inspiration for paintings, as one season merges with another. Freda says she “attempts over the many years to do justice to this landscape.”
The striking Garadice Lake, the River Shannon, and Streedagh beach are among many chosen subjects. Following her numerous summer walks, the vibrant colours and variations within the surrounding landscape leaves a huge impression on the artist, so much so Freda feels “compelled to capture them”. Scenes are created in oils and acrylic. She starts by sketching outdoors and proceeds to make a tonal sketch. This is valuable preparation for the work on the larger canvas. On occasion her observations are recorded with watercolour and some highlights in pastel. With this information Freda’s paintings are completed back home in oil or acrylic. Still life and floras are some of her favourite subjects.
She loves the challenge of figurative work and after taking many life drawing sessions, likes to include people in the landscape or indoor scenes. Freda Young qualified with a diploma in 2011 in Acrylic and Oil Painting and in 2002 earned a diploma with distinction in ‘Art History and Understanding Art’. Freda has honed her techniques by studied oil and acrylic painting with many master painters. It is the artist’s hope that her work will bring about a greater appreciation of the immense beauty of our natural landscape.
Freda Young’s paintings have been exhibited nationally including The Dock, Boyle Arts Festival and Cavan County Museum. Her work is included in the collection of Cavan County Council.