Diane Young a bit more of…..

Previous Life Counting £££’s!

A long time ago in another life I was an accountant. Not in a firm but in commercial enterprises working in open offices with teams and departments and deadlines. I traded in my career for family life and became a jack of all trades from managing two children to wiring the telephone in, fixing broken things, redecorating, cleaning drains, doing stuff to save paying anyone else and building lego.  Remember this…


Creative Backdrop

My children grew up, my husband had a radical job change and it transpired that the vision we had as yuppies in the 1990’s would not come to pass. However I feel blessed to have been driven to be creative as it has sustained me throughout years where I have not been academically challenged. Along the way I have learned many new things in connection with my craft and gained an Illustration Degree. Having a creative interest I have found that there are always too many ideas and too little time. I finally found my feet this year after what felt like a long evolution to a technique of making images that I am really happy with. I hope it shows in my animal characters and other paintings that I am so fond of creating.

2005 show

End of Year Degree show 2005 Conningsbury Gallery London


We have always had pets, we now have two black rescue cats. ..this is Simba he has massive canine teeth and he used to walk around with a ping pong ball in his mouth when he was a kitten!

Simba fang cat


Colour and Horses

Of course animals are a central theme in my art,  I only had cats, and a mouse in a cage at some point as a child and actually really hankered after a pony.  These were the days when you could win a pony in a WH Smith competition.  It was so exciting entering a competition and envisaging the fantastic result of winning.  Unfortunately I  did not win, but with only a standard garden  mostly cultivated with vegetables it probably would not have survived very well.

Horses have an array of colour names bay, chestnut, piebald (black and white),  skewbald (brown and white), no such thing as white – that is called grey, dappled, with other attributes such as stars, socks and blazes, but one of the most beautiful is the palomino.  At first you might think it is a breed, it is so distinctive, but it is a name for an arrangement of colour.