Diane Young

Artist ~ Printmaker ~ Painter ~Every Picture tells a story ~ Artwork ©Diane Young


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Hello and Welcome!

I draw, I paint and I am a printmaker!

Photo of Diane Young artist printmaker in Stroud

I have a studio at home and amidst some chaos enjoy creating images with animals and inspired by the natural world.

I discovered collagraph printmaking last year and now create printing plates from a mountboard base.  I ink them up and pull them through my printing press onto dampened paper.   It sounds simple but it is really complicated!  The process has opened a whole new world of creativity for me.

Shop online here for original Collagraph Prints, Paintings, prints and wildlife decal stickers.

More links to instagram/facebook etc here .

If you do not see the image you are interested in my shop please get in touch.

Email me: diane@dianeyoungartist.com

About anything! Questions, enquiries, chat all welcome.

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Painting to Printmaking

Taking on a new technique can be good move for exploration, experimentation and rejuvenating creative energy! I really did need a change at the end of 2019 as I had ground to pretty much a halt. Collagraph printmaking is a completely different approach to painting and so now I have two very distinctive styles; painting up until 2019 and printmaking for 2020 and ongoing. Today my work is more textural, incorporating different techniques including monoprinting using dried leaves with nature continuing to be my inspiration.

The Kite below was printed using a mountboard collagraph plate, the leaves are monoprints added after the paper has dried and the bird has a little burnt sienna and yellow watercolour also reflected in small detail on the leaves.


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What is the Story?

Why buy art?

Why do you put pictures on your walls, if you do? What might strike you as important in a picture? The obvious reason would be subject matter, maybe size for the space, the colours depicted, the colours of your room, what the image makes you feel, and other things that we cannot really put into words. You can just know if a picture is right for you. They can just speak to you, if you know what I mean.

So why paint a scene like this?

At the time I was painting images of animals in mythology. My research led me to Korean Shaman imagery; I finally decided on the challenge of composing my own version of this traditional image from Korean culture.

The tiger’s size is exaggerated to convey it’s power and strength, the Shaman’s eyes are closed to display his trust in the tiger and how he feels at one with the world. You can almost feel the tigers warm breath on the Shaman’s toes! A trusting peaceful relationship with nature. Crane’s are often depicted in Asian art as they represent longevity, purity and peace. The mountain is of significance as a holy place. The Shaman shown in traditional images vary and are in fact a multicultural icon.

“Koreans still very strongly maintain traditions as old as their culture itself, that mountains are especially holy places of communication of energies between heaven and earth. The sacred aspects of these mountains and their relationships with the human communities around them are embodied in the ideas and icons of Sanshin [Mountain-spirit].”

This original painting above is available to buy online priced £225 with Free P&P.

An example of a traditional Korean image of the Sanshin.
Photo and text courtesy of Sacred Sites. Read more about Korea Culture here.


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Whatever happened to Harvey?

From 2013 for a year or so I painted many ACEO’s. These are small pieces of artwork traded on Ebay to collectors around the world. Harvey the Aardvark was featured on the majority of them and looking in my PC files I produced (and sold!) over 160 of these tiny pieces of art measuring only 3.5 x 2″ (or 9 x 6 cm).

I had some of them printed up to a larger size; and have now put the remaining of them in my online shop. This is one of my early designs and one of my favourites, the original art being sold to a collector in the USA.

“It wasn’t Me” – with Harvey The Aardvark and Digger the Dog – print available to buy £10 Free P&P here.


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Paths of least resistance!

So many ideas and so little time! I mean lots of people have ideas and don’t necessarily go with any of them at all, but one of the difficulties of knowing that you are going to create something is ruling out all those amazing ideas other than the one you choose to run with.

I am not suggesting that any idea will turn out well, but the more you that try the higher your success rate, and a lot of attempts end up in the bin along the way!

Also theoretically it is a good idea to go with a theme. Choose an idea and beat it to death, until you run out of steam. All those mistakes and all those gains made with something intentional in mind.

Since this is all theory let me show you some practice! OOPs I have to reveal that I haven’t followed my own advice at all!

I am inclined to representative work, I love making images of animals and birds. But then I can get a momentarily distracted by other ideas I am interested in too and head off in a different direction. I really would like to do a series based on images produced by NASA earth observatory. They have this amazing website of beautiful images from space being continually updated. I am as fascinated by these as I am fascinated by drone imagery of our coastline here in the UK; seeing the landscape from above and then understanding it from the ground is really interesting to me.

The work below is the Arkansas River from space. This sort of work moves me toward the abstract and helps me exercise less restraint on my colour combinations.

NASA earth observatory images here

The original artwork below is £45 for sale online here


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How Rude! These are Daft Cows!

If you have seen any of my recent printmaking artwork (for sale here at www.dianeyoungartist.weebly.com) you might be wondering what is going on here. My paintings (mostly created between 2000 and 2019) often have some sort of storyline going on, and most of my paintings are inspired by animals or birds. Creating an imaginary image of animals behaving as humans that looks convincing is a challenge I have always relished!

The original of Daft Cows (Cows Life Drawing class) was painted when I was at Uni, around 2005. I have some cards left over still, I am not really sure who shares this sense of humour enough to send to someone else!

Cards available here

Print of Daft Cows available here


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Life of Pi – Cargo – Liking your own artwork

I make artwork which quite often gets surreptitiously tucked away; I am sure artists are all the same with this. This print of a painting has emerged from me turfing out some drawers and was from a long time ago, painted before the Life of Pi film was made and inspired by me reading the book. Only when these works have been hidden for some time does it enable me to become objective about the work as a whole. I left this style of painting behind some years ago now and since that refreshed my style completely on discovering Collagraph printmaking. Rediscovering this painting and looking at the brushstrokes I really like it a lot now and no longer feel the frustration of them as I did then.

painting of cargo loading interpreted from the book Life of Pi in a painterly style by artist Diane Young


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#Winter ~ #Spring ~ #Summer

It is snowing here at the moment, but we know the days are getting longer and if you look carefully new Spring growth has started already. In a few weeks all will have changed; here’s looking forward to Summer.

Collagraph print showing a bumble bee with gold ink detail on the stripes.
The Golden Queen of Summer Collagraph with gold ink detail. For sale £60 artwork £75 framed Free P&P Shop here.


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Love Badgers – show your love for this iconic British mammal!

We are lucky enough to see the occasional badger in our garden snooping after fallen bird feed and turfing up the lawn; it is more like a grass patch than a lawn to be honest, so we don’t mind! Time has really flown since I created the “Love Badgers” design; a limited edition print of the original painting is still available now online.

Decal window stickers which look great in you car window; available now in both of the designs below “Love Badgers” (Sorry Badgers are now sold out! Please contact me if you would like to reserve some from a future order) and “Love Greyhounds & Lurchers”. Buy online £1.75 each plus just £1 postage. Click the images or buttons below for links to buy online.

How the decal sticker looks in my car windscreen – no glue clings to glass, easy to remove.

One limited edition print available of Love Badgers.

Original painting of Love Greyhounds/Lurchers is also for sale here.


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“To The Sun and Back”

A kite in flight.

My latest work – Collagraph Print with a 24ct gold leaf sun. To buy online click here .

More about me here: https://linktr.ee/DianeYoung

See how the gold leaf changes with the light!

“To The Sun and Back” – Kite with 24ct gold leaf Sun.

Different angle showing how gold leaf changes in the light.

Shimmering sun

Close up – can you see the gold fleck in his eye!


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#giftsofgold original art

Seahorses Aquamarine is an original work of art. A collagraph print hand finished with 24ct gold leaf. Full details below….email me if interested or you have any questions diane@dianeyoungartist.com / FB mssg or check out my instagram and DM me there.

Available to Buy £195 plus P & P

Framed Total size 32cm x 42cm (with A4 aperture)

Collagraph print handpulled onto 300gsm Somerset Velvet paper using Cranfield inks. The image has been hand tinted with watercolour and finished with luxury 24ct gold leaf. Gold leaf gives a unique look in different light..