Harvey Otis Young

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Harvey Otis Young (1840-1901) came to California in 1859 to mine for gold. After several difficult years following that profession on the Salmon River, he moved to San Francisco and became a painter of signs on carriages. In November of 1866, the Californian called attention to his first original painting for sale at the Snow & Roos Gallery. He quickly became a respected member of the local art community, exhibiting a painting in 1868 that depicted a pack train with mules on its way to Yosemite Valley. In the 1870s Young settled in Denver, Colorado, and became a successful miner, while continuing his career as an artist. In 1883 the Chicago Tribune praised a Young painting on display in a local gallery that depicted a mule train on its way to Pike’s Peak (February 18, 1883). In 1892, the San Francisco Chronicle ran an article titled “Water-Color Art” that praised Young’s original watercolor methods: “His water-colors have a foreground as solid as an oil painting. The middle distance is semi-transparent, and the skies have all the transparency and beautiful atmosphere unattainable in oil.”(March 26, 1892). This is a wonderful depiction of the artist’s favorite subject in a medium that he became known for.