About Me & My Art

Young By Design - Art by Jay Young


I often get asked why I paint landscapes and create art for kids.

The simple reason is because it brings me joy. The truth is that painting saved me from Post-Natal Depression.

Creating scenes and animals that bring comfort and transport me to calm, serene places has been my escape from the hectic life of a mom, wife, housekeeper, and business owner.

It didn’t take long to realize that others also feel the need to escape, even for just a moment.

When I began sharing my work in 2021, I never imagined it would bring so much calm and peace to others.

Now, sharing my art to create pockets of peace in people's homes is one of my greatest joys in life.

Each piece I create is designed to bring a deep sense of peace and calm into your home, making it feel comforting and cozy while serving as a reminder to take a small moment for yourself.

My Story.

Hello, I'm Jay, the artist behind these artworks. My journey with art began during a challenging time in my life. In 2018, after the birth of my first son, I suffered from Post-Natal Depression.

The overwhelming demands of motherhood left me feeling lost, anxious and overwhelmed. My midwife suggested I take small moments for myself and learn something new, which led me to watercolour painting. This practice became my refuge, a place where I could find peace and reconnect with myself.

When my second son was born in 2019, I was free from PND, thanks to my daily painting practice.

During the COVID lockdowns in Victoria, our family's love for the outdoors was put to the test as we were confined to our home for over 250 days. Art once again became my saviour, allowing me to refine my skills and develop my unique style. By 2022, I had created a significant body of work for children's nurseries, and Young by Design was born.

Nature is my greatest inspiration. It provides me with the clarity and calm I need to navigate the chaos of everyday life. The earthy, muted green hues in my paintings balance my hectic world, bringing clarity and stillness.

I paint in a realistic manner to make you feel like you are standing right there in the field, feeling the crisp air on your face and smelling the damp, earthy goodness. My goal is to create a sense of deep inner peace, giving you the permission to take a moment for yourself, to breathe deeply, and to find balance amidst the chaos.

Thank you for allowing me to share my art with you. I hope it brings as much peace and joy to your life as it has to mine.

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