Artist of the Week 38 | Shirley Cean Youngs

Artist of the Week 38

Shirley Cean Youngs | A Moment Imagined | Pastel | 24 x 16″

Shirley Cean Youngs

“I’ve been a creative person my whole life.”

Born on the farmlands of upstate New York in 1939, Shirley Cean Youngs draws from her childhood experiences in her art today. Youngs learned much about nature through spending countless hours in the woods and fields surrounding the beautiful Lake Ontario.

As she grew older, Youngs realized she had been given a special gift, and felt her life as an artist made her an instrument to pass divine love along to others. Today, Youngs lives in Connecticut and is called to the easel by her sensitivity to the moods of nature, subtle gestures, gentle sounds, and feeling of light. Among the wildlife, gardens, and rivers, she paints in the impressionist style that has been a long tradition in the Connecticut community of artists.

Shirley Cean Youngs | In the Garden | Oil | 24 x 48″

Prior to moving to Connecticut in 1960, Youngs had remained a self-taught artist. It was Connecticut that opened a whole new world to her, surrounded by her favorite Impressionists. She completed with honors an American artist correspondence course, and took workshops with artists Robert Brackman, Roger Curtis, Daniel Greene, Foster Caddell, and Charles Movalli.

“I found the language of painting an exciting journey, and after years of painting plein air landscapes and studio figure painting, my impressionist style emerged.”
-Shirley Cean Youngs

Shirley Cean Youngs | In the Moment | Pastel | 24 x 16

Shirley Cean Youngs is recognized as one of the leading living artists by Who’s Who in American Women, as well as by many in national and international art circles. Youngs’ work has exhibited throughout the United States, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Canada.

Youngs holds memberships with the Pastel Society of America, the Connecticut Pastel Society, the Lyme Art Association (Member’s award 1987), the Mystic Art Association, the National Museum Women in Arts, and the International Society Artists.

Shirley Cean Youngs has taught art to children and seniors, as well as to matriculated art students at Connecticut’s leading institutions, in precious hours tucked between painting.

Shirley Cean Youngs | Along the River | Oil | 30 x 40″

“Art, to me, is an expression too subtle for words. To be given this means of expression is a gift beyond value. When I am painting, serenity settles peacefully over my life, and hopefully I express those pleasures to others to be enjoyed over again.”

-Shirley Cean Youngs

Shirley Cean Youngs | Knowing Glances | Pastel | 18 x 14″

Contact Lily Pad Gallery West for information on pricing and to view additional works by Shirley Cean Youngs.


Shirley Cean Youngs | The Whistle of the Wind | Oil | 24 x 30″

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