"Only through art can stories be captured without words" Diana Shannon Young
"My work transcends the familiar to the abstract thus provoking a dialogue .
Art is the way to embed a story in the conscience or soul of the viewer
In my practice, I seek to examine and celebrate the journeys of life ,
revealing the destiny of intricate and hidden paths, creatively converged
to convey unspoken stories.
Primarily self directed, I have an unapologetic preference, that my creativity
be uninhibited and unrestricted by structured discipline. My destiny is to create .
My faith keeps me on my journey of manifestation. The evolution of my
journey assures me that my work is on a ubiquitous path."
An Entrepreneur at heart she has owned several galleries furthering her knowledge
of fine art as a collector all the while honoring her artistic
techniques through continued education with workshops, tutorials with
accomplished artist and observation of the works of the masters, thus inspiring
her unique style.
Her Figurative paintings imbue spirit, struggle, inspirations and dreams .
However, it is texture and color that intrigues her most. the use of varied mediums
to create texture and occasional use of fabric, photos or periodicals to create
nostalgia or implications in her figurative work can be educational and intriguing.
Her non-figurative abstracts and florals dance with texture and soft vibrant
t hues often morphing from the familiar to the abstract.
including three separate one woman shows at The Museum of African Art in Los Angeles, Ca including the 2019 exhibit curated by Larry Earl lead Curator for the Kinsey Collection and Destination Crenshaw ( An innovative Linear Museum) slated to be installed in Los Angeles, CA. in the historic Crenshaw Corridor and The Lyceum Theater Museum of San Diego, Ca. Her works are often included in Museum group exhibitions along side Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, William Tolliver, Semela Lewis, Charles Bibbs and more. Including and not limited to The San Bernardino County Museum, The Riverside Art Museum, California African American Museum and more.
Selected Commissions –
The National Office of The March of Dimes- The Congressional Black Caucus ALC- Black Enterprise Magazine and Events - Governor and Maria Shriver Women's Conference - Chapters of AKA , DST, ZPB , SGR Sorority , Inc. - The Pan African Film and Arts Festival - The National Forum of Black Public Administrators
- The national Medical association among others.
Partial Juried Exhibitions:
National Black Fine Art Show - Harlem Fine Art Show - Art Expo New York,
Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Miami - Art Basel, Miami - Lyceum Theater & Gallery
, San Diego, Ca.- - Black Art in America, Atlanta, GA.
Ebony Magazine - Voyage LA - The Journal to the National Medical Association
Art 2000 Images magazine - LA Weekly Magazine - Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper -
Décor Magazine - Etc.
"The Housewives of the Potomac" - "Married to Medicine, Los Angeles" -
"David Makes Man"
The Artist is also lead Curator of "Black Art Beyond Bounds" a Facebook Live
virtual Fine Art Show and Physical National Pop-up Gallery featuring original
and limited Edition work of masters and emerging artist of the African diaspora
including Joseph Holston, Billy Dee Williams, Varnette P. Honeywood, William
Tolliver and more.
Divorce; Two grown daughters - two mini schnauzers "Etta James" and "B B King."
Love Motown, Jazz, R and B and Blues.
Fishing, Road trips, snow skiing and always ready to take to the skies.
"Don't forget to stop, smell the roses, and enjoy an abstract joy filled life"
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