Bob Young completed a BFA degree at York University, Toronto, and an architecture degree at UBC, Vancouver. After working in architecture for five years, he shifted to urban planning, via a Masters in Environmental Studies from York. Cities and developers, he learned, are often decades behind environmentally smart design.
So, when he committed to painting full-time in 2009, Bob wanted to explore ecological themes—just trees and leaves, really, but with each species noted in the painting’s title.
For more detail, read this Biographical Sketch.
Also since 2009, Bob has written fiction. Literary journals have published four of his short stories, and he has finished a novel, Coyote River. One of his stories, “Paper Icon,” appears in Polish(ed): Poland Rooted in Canadian Fiction (2017), published by Guernica Editions, Toronto. He has placed in and won awards. For example, in 2011, Bob made the top-ten shortlist for Hamilton’s gritLIT festival. At the Canadian Authors’ Association’s (Niagara) 2017 literary contest, he got an Honourable Mention.
His awards in painting include Second Prize at the University of Guelph’s 2010 ArtsInform Show. Earlier, in 1997, he won the Elora Festival Award at “Insights,” a regional juried show of the Elora Arts Council, Elora, Ontario.
Between painting and writing, he stays in shape with yoga and running. His wife and their cat keep hime sane.