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Welcome to young@art!

Do you spend hours pouring over words on a page or pictures on canvas? Do you love art, literature, Disney, Star Wars, comic books, Sherlock…(well, you get the idea)? Do you believe in magic and fairy dust?

Good! You’ve come to the right place.


young@art is my professional brand, and this site showcases my work. Whimsical illustrations, short stories, poetry, and sketches abound. I also have a blog where I aim to give my readers a chance to go behind the scenes and see what it takes to be me.

Click here to learn more on my About Me page!

So, if you are a budding illustrator or writer looking for inspiration, instruction, or a commiseration buddy (hey. Creating is hard!) — or, if you are just a child at heart, then pull up a chair and stay awhile!

Throughout my site you will:

  • get a sneak peek at my creative processes
  • see beyond the portfolio and the finished stories to all that goes into each creation
  • learn tips and tricks that have helped me along the way
  • and much, much more!

Ready to explore?

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My Archive

You can also check my blog’s archive for a list of every post I have written or use the search function (left) to find other posts that might be of interest.

My products and services

While the content on my blog is all free, I am available for hire to do custom art commissions. Be sure to check out my price list for custom commissions. I can also be found on Etsy or Redbubble for some fun merchandise.

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“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.”
― Robert Fulghum
All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten