Buy a painting... plant a tree
A Moray artist is branching out into environmental campaigning with an unusual promise to those who buy his paintings of the local landscape. Brian Young is pledging to plant trees bearing the name of his customers in a bid to help restore the Caledonian Forest with native Scots pines. Mr Young draws great inspiration from the local landscape, and his commitment to helping preserve it is reflected in his many colourful works of art.
He said "My main concerns are with the environment and landscape in Moray and the ecology of the area. For every painting that is sold, I will be paying for a tree certificate and a tree will be planted in their name.
"I will be buying the certificates from Trees for Life, which is a national charity based in Findhorn. They are doing some fantatastic work and I'm keen to support them."
Mr Young is a former film editor and worked as a documentary maker with Grampian Television. He left that line of work to take up more artistic pursuits and settled in Forres 15 years ago.
The Town's Nicholson Building is currently hosting an exhibition of his work, along with sculptor Georgina Porteous.
It was initially only going to run for a week, but the exhibition has been such a success that it will now be kept on display until the end of September.
Although Mr Young has put work on display in the past as a Moray Arts Club member, this is his first solo exhibition. The Nicholson Building is open daily and closes for lunch from 12.30 - 1.30pm.
Brian's website: http://www.briancrawfordyoung.co.uk/
From the Northern Scot Sept 15 2006
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Published: 21 September 2006
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