Simon Young won our Strathmore Artist Papers Prize for work on paper at the Armed Forces Art Society (AFAS) annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries this year. Stunning, energetic, dramatic and full of energy the winning image lifts the viewer and puts you directly in the spray of the yacht as it races in front of you, you can almost taste the salt.
1. First of all congratulations on winning the AFAS prize, such a stunning piece. I heard that the decision as to which piece of yours they awarded it to was fought over! You'll be pleased to know that more than one piece was chosen! Can you tell us a bit about your background? You are former army?
I followed a full time career for 38 years in the Army and enjoyed it immensely. Sure there were some difficult times, but you always had your mates to rely on as you were always in it together. Classic team work stuff.
2. What got you into painting?
I started taking painting and drawing seriously when I was about 13. My parents used to take me and my brother to Sennen in Cornwall for the summer holidays. A friend of my mother, Betty - a lovely lady, had a fantastic house on the cliff tops overlooking the Cove. But more importantly when she discovered I was interested in sketching she sent me up into the attic rooms where I discovered masses of paintings and sketchbooks belonging to her deceased sister. My...