Madison Young

Mudpuppy’s featured artist for May is Grade 9 Villanova student

 

By Danica Skakavac

At only fifteen-years-old and in the ninth grade, Madison Young of St. Thomas of Villanova has made quite a name for herself.

While she has loved art since the age of four, Young has been interested in her current style, hyperrealism, for only one and a half years. Despite the short period of time, Young’s skill has only grown dramatically and her wonderful artwork is being showcased again and again. She has been featured in a couple of local magazines, attended a couple of charities where she donated original artwork for auction and, as well, was the Mudpuppy Gallery’s student artist.

This month, she became the gallery’s featured artist. Only recently has she been spotlighted in a much different way; when local musician Christian Vegh’s mother contacted Young’s mother, Sharon, about designing the cover art for his brand-new single, “Worthy.”

Madison Young, a Grade 9 student at St. Thomas of Villanova Secondary School, is this month’s featured artist at the Mudpuppy Gallery in Amherstburg. (RTT Photo by Danica Skakavac)

Madison Young, a Grade 9 student at St. Thomas of Villanova Secondary School, is this month’s featured artist at the Mudpuppy Gallery in Amherstburg. (RTT Photo by Danica Skakavac)

Young jumped at the opportunity and designed a stunning cover, the picture a very realistic pair of diamond-encrusted lips.

“It was an exciting opportunity and I’m very fortunate they asked me,” Young said.

Young isn’t planning on letting her talent go to waste either, as she has opened an online store so people can purchase prints and paintings they like. In the future, she wants to attend medical school to become a surgeon (though unsure of what specialty in particular) but is adamant about continuing her artwork, just maybe not full-time. She is very proud of the textures she incorporates into said artwork, since she is able to render those textures with only coloured pencils.

“My favourite thing about creating art is a sense of accomplishment,” she said. “It is exciting when people want to purchase my artwork to hang in their homes or businesses.”

If you are interested, you can visit Young’s website at www.diamonddraws.com. Young’s exhibit at the Mudpuppy Gallery will be running through the month of May.

Pair of local artists on exhibit at Mudpuppy Gallery

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A pair of local artists are now featured at the Mudpuppy Gallery.

Brianne MacLaren-Ross is the month’s featured artist with her exhibit “Boblo Now” showing the island in its present state through landscape and nature photography. Not only is the work on photo paper, but on aluminum, acrylic, and canvas.

“For the past five years, I’ve been taking pictures and I’ve started a collection,” said MacLaren-Ross. “I was trying to feature Boblo on what it looks like today.”

Brianne MacLaren-Ross is the featured artist this month at  the Mudpuppy Gallery.

Brianne MacLaren-Ross is the featured artist this month at
the Mudpuppy Gallery.

MacLaren-Ross lives on the island with husband Norm Ross and has many photos from different seasons and times of day with buildings, birds and much more featured. She said she has been exposed to photography thanks to her father Brad, an owner of a photo lab in Windsor.

“I got my education from my dad,” she said. “My dad was my influence.”

The English teacher said she is pursuing a Ph.D. in visual literacy and the photos could be used in that line of work as well.

“I enjoy taking pictures. It’s kind of my hobby,” said MacLaren-Ross.

MacLaren-Ross said she enjoys the Mudpuppy Gallery because it is local. This is her first official exhibit but she stated she has had some informal showings in Windsor before this.

Her husband said the Boblo community has supported the exhibit and that having it local is “one more thing that adds to the texture of Amherstburg.”

Fourteen-year-old Madison Young also has work of her own featured this month at the Mudpuppy Gallery as she is November’s “emerging artist.” Her detailed drawings have been gaining notice.

“I’ve been taking my art more seriously and drawing a lot more realistic stuff,” she said.

Madison Young is the Mudpuppy Gallery's "emerging artist" during November.

Madison Young is the Mudpuppy Gallery’s “emerging artist” during November.

Young, a Grade 9 student at St. Thomas of Villanova Secondary School, said she enjoys drawing things that are very detailed and realistic, such as people and animals.

“I’m taking a lot more time with my work and producing a lot more quality drawings,” said Young.

Both Young and MacLaren-Ross said they got started in their respective mediums since they were four-years-old.

“I’m self-taught,” said Young. “I’ve been practicing for a long time.”

Young said she tries to draw at least 10-15 hours per week. She hopes to be a surgeon when she gets older but also wants her drawings to inspire people.

“It’s pretty exciting,” she said of her first exhibit.

The Mudpuppy Gallery is located at 264 Dalhousie St.