A hallmark of the oil paintings by Canadian American artist Alison Barrows-Young is the visual sensuality captured within each image. Whether Barrows-Young is painting the haunting forests and woodlands of her Northern Idaho home or the rich landscape tableaus of her Canadian homeland, her paintings are suffused with a strong sense of pattern, color, and shadow. Light in particular is a fascination of Barrows-Young's and plays a major role in each of her compositions.
Inspired by both the Post Impressionists and the Fauvists, Barrows-Young finds great joy in playing with the variations and ever-changing patterns that light inevitably creates in natural settings. As she explains, “The forest is the light’s playful partner, offering angled surfaces and gaps through which the light can fall, bounce, reflect, and absorb." The various points of illumination allow her to establish distinctive points of view, patterns, and refractions, all of which interact with each other to a powerful effect.
Alison Barrows-Young currently lives and works outside of Sandpoint, Idaho, on 18 acres of wilderness.