Al R. Young
Al Young has been a professional artist, author, and craftsman for more than 35 years.
At four years of age, a friend gave him a drawing set as a birthday gift. Supposing the gift too advanced for her young son, Al’s mother put it atop his closet for safekeeping. After he twice climbed to the top shelf to retrieve it, she relented. He has been drawing and painting ever since.
In college, Al chose to study writing instead of art, in order to develop his own artistic interests and style. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in journalism (1976), and was awarded an MA in mass communications (1979). He subsequently studied colonial American history and documentary editing at the University of Virginia (1979).
Al worked in various occupations for 18 years: Freelance writer and editor; part-time faculty member at BYU and UTC; partner in a consulting firm with contracts in the western United States and Middle East; senior researcher and advanced product designer, senior engineer, and head of corporate communications and documentation. In 1998, he and his wife, Nancy, founded Al Young Studios for their work in fine art and publishing.
The Studios’ primary fine art projects include: The Women of the Bible Series (since 2003), The Messiah Series (since 2003), and The Heroes of the Book of Mormon Series (since 2006).
Primary publishing and writing activities include: The Storybook Home Journal
(published bi-monthly since 2000), My Father’s Captivity
(book and online archive of primary historical source materials published in 2009), The Papers of Seymore Wainscott
(historical fiction, serialization since 2005), artwork commentaries and numerous articles published since the 1980s.
The Studios also produces music albums under the Inspired
(since 1997) is the primary Internet presence for the enterprise. BenHaven (the family home and studio since 1992) is also available—by appointment only—for viewing original artworks as well as a look behind the scenes of The Storybook Home Journal
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