Mary H Young was born in 1989. She grew up in Montclair, NJ, with two sisters, constantly using their imaginations to play. She can recall creating lengthy stories, and detailed characters in their own little world. These “ little worlds” directly impact her paintings to date. She moved to New York City when she was 17, lived and worked there for 8 years. Young graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2011, with a Bachelors of Fine Arts. Since returning to New Jersey, she had her first solo show at Clerestory Gallery. Her work is heavily influence by cinema, literature and contemporary conflicts. Creating narratives of self exploration; Young, places her over exposed figures in stage-like settings, allowing the viewer to enter into a world of surreal familiarity. Using thick, honest brushstrokes, one is quickly seduced into exploring the various plains of color, line and raw markings.