Animal Artist ~ Diane Young

Every Picture tells a story – realistic and stylised animals in art from Manic Illustrations

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New #Bird #Painting – House #Sparrows

My reference for this small painting was a photograph given to me by an elderly neighbour who loved taking pictures of garden birds.  I shall be giving this as a gift to a lady who is 90 years young today.

Sparrows for wweb



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#Snow for #Christmas?

With the snow falling outside how about some last minute  Christmas shopping online?…Slate hearts for sale with original acrylic paintings and finished with matte varnish to buy from me with only a few days to go!  Email me on

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“Fish and Ships” is the title of my shared exhibition with stamp collage artist Rachel Markwick currently on at the Amberley Inn Stroud until the 30th October 2017.We have been lucky enough to have sold some pictures already; this one of mine was sold today.

Tower of animals elephant, lion, bear, flamingo, Painting by artist Diane Young

Balancing Act

Currently the ponies painting is a work in progress, it would be great to think I will finish it soon and that (fingers crossed) a space might be made to hang it.

Ponies common wip (550x373)

“The Hottest Day” – Ponies on Minchinhampton Common

Find Rachel Markwick’s website here

Fish and ships flyer3


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Gloucestershire Old Spot #Pig Painting

Painting of a Gloucester Old Spot Pig by Diane Young of Manic Illustrations

….thanks to Boondockers Farm in Oregon for permission to use their photo. These pigs were imported to the US during the 1900’s for breeding. “British folklore claims the large black spots are bruises caused by the apples falling onto them as they foraged the orchard floors for food.”

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#Raven #Art Painting

Sometimes it is of great relief that a painting is finished. So here finally, after a few months or so is a painting without a title. Usually a title arrives for me almost immediately along with the idea, or the painting itself.  This one not so .

So please help me and feel free to suggest a title for this one.

Raven with Key in gateway painting by artist Diane Young from Stroud Manic Illustrations