The career of multi-media artist Kyle Young has been a composite of creativity and commerce. After earning a BFA from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia, she utilized her artistic training working in design and education in publishing for several years. With the addition of this business experience, she founded her own design boutique firm in 1978, growing it through the years to become one of Atlanta’s top 50 ad agencies, with clients in the U.S. and Canada.
It was not until after the birth of her son in 1996, that she decided to return to the roots of her artistic experience and turn her attention to her personal creativity. Selling her interest in the firm she had founded, she established her marketing consulting, writing and coaching practices so she could also spend time with her studio work once again.
“I’ve been lucky to show my work in a number of places and have people collect pieces of my art, but that’s not really why I do it. My art is very personal. Some pieces feel so self-revealing that I wonder if someone viewing my art might actually see into my soul. There are pieces I’ve chosen not to show for that reason.” ~Kyle Young
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Reflective of her life and career, Kyle’s art is not limited to one medium. Frequently using multiple materials and methods in a single piece, she is known for her complex layering of colors and textures in both two and three-dimensional works.
Rooted in Truth
She says, “I can’t put my life in a box much less God in a box — I’m open to all the expressions of God. I’m a lifelong Episcopalian and find the Episcopal Church to be a very open and accepting environment, but in my personal spirituality, I’ve also incorporated some of the teachings of Buddhism, Judaism and others. Just as my art is multimedia, my personal spirituality is a combination of many practices.”
Listening to her intuition plays a key role in Kyle’s life. She says, “If I stop and listen, the direction is out there — whether it’s in art or life. It’s when I get so busy and think that I have to plan every single thing that I find the going gets tougher.”
Her Wings Had a Strong Spine
Kyle’s work has been seen in numerous juried shows and exhibits, and is in several private and corporate collections.
Find out more about Kyle’s art at www.KyleYoungArtist.com. She is also online at www.EffectiveIdeas.com and www.Multi-TaskingWoman.com.
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