Welcome to my new website of Dartmoor and other landscape paintings that will hopefully
compliment my other website of Seascapes and coastal pictures.
In the course of time I will be adding new pictures to this website so keep a lookout
for that special view that you always wanted on your wall!
I have tried to make this new site as enjoyable and easy to use as possible. The
pictures of course take centre stage and I have endeavoured to make them as large
and clear as possible. I have also added the feature of showing the prints in the
different frames. I hope this will make your choice of frame a lot easier.
Of course, if you wish to contact me about anything I will be more than happy to
After such a long time I have finally uploaded a new page on my website devoted to
a body of work that tackles subjects that are disturbing and worrying but have to
be expressed in paint.
I have titled them my Anthropocene Paintings. For those of you who are net yet familiar
with this term I supply the definition below.
meaning: The Anthropocene is a geological epoch dating from the commencement of
significant human impact on Earth's geology and ecosystems, including, but not limited
to, anthropogenic climate change.
Thurday 22nd April 2021
A tale for our times - wildlife at our door.
A Hawthorn stands outside my back door of the cottage. Not many people would want
It casts welcome shade in the summer, is glorious when in flower and produces a
good crop of edible berries come the Autumn. It is also home and nesting site for
Wood Pigeons and a place of cover for a mass of other birds that hunt for food amongst
the ivy. The Sparrow Hawk also uses it as a launch pad for its hunting missions.
All part & parcel of life & death.
However, it's stay of execution from the hands of of modern, obsessively tidy homo
sapiens has had extraordinarily beneficial results.
Due to it’s semi woodland shade Lesser celandine has thrived around my porch. Come
Spring its brief flowering uplifts the spirit as I go & back & forth through the
porch. This plant is considered by many to be an invasive weed.
The last few years I have noticed a strange creature amongst the celandine & primroses.
It moves fairly slowly, is large at about 1.5 inches, is increasingly rare due to
humans, and has a remarkable life cycle. There is now a thriving population within
feet of my back door!
The Violet Oil Beetle at the artists cottage, Wheal Maria.
Here is a full description of this wonderful creature as described by Buglife.
Violet oil beetles have a striking appearance despite their underlying black coloration,
as light is refracted off their lustrous carapace to give them a purple, blue or
green sheen. When they first emerge asadults, their abdomen is small and compact
but, as they gorge themselves on lesser celandine (Ranunculus ficaria) and soft grasses,
their abdomen becomes distended and can extend some way beyond the tip of their wings.
They can often be found sunning themselves on paths and females are sometimes seen
digging burrows in patches of bare ground, in which they lay their eggs.
Juvenile Violet oil beetles are tiny, black, louse-like creatures that emerge in
spring and lie in wait on flowers for solitary mining bees that visit the flowers
to collect nectar and pollen. The triungulins take advantage of the mining bees,
firstly by hitching a lift on their back, and again in the bees’ nest, by eating
the food so diligently collected by the bee for its own young; the beetle equivalent
of a cuckoo. Despite their coercive nature, Violet oil beetles are important forconservation as they are indicators of strong mining bee populations and of high
quality, wildflower-rich habitats.
Once widespread across much of the UK, recent records collected by Buglife in 2011
showed that the distribution of Violet oil beetles has dramatically shrunk, particularly
from the east of England. If you were to draw an imaginary line directly north from
the Isle of Wight, the area to the east of this line has had only three records since
the end of the 1960s! Declines are also evident across the North of England, the
Midlands and Wales. The remaining strongholds for the Violet oil beetle are the South
West, the Peak and Lake Districts and Scotland.
Violet oil beetles are strongly dependent upon the long-term maintenance of wildflower-rich,
semi-natural grasslands. It is the loss of these habitats to development, agricultural
intensification and changes in land use that are thought to have caused their decline.
So the moral of this story is humans really know bugger all about what goes on about
them so let things go a little wild and reap the benefits!
Thursday 3rd December 2020
I was rooting around in a drawer the other day looking for long lost photos of a
few paintings I did many years ago and lo & behold I found them. What a relief. It
was certainly worth re-discovering them.
The painting I did below was at Will Farm just a bit further on from Horndon near
Mary Tavy, Dartmoor.
Friday 14th Febuary 2020
I have been thrilled again to have sold another painting to the lovely couple mentioned
below. They have told me how much enjoyment ‘Skinny Dippers’ has given them and wanted
to add to their collection. So, today my painting ‘November, Dartmoors Ancient Woodland’
has been collected from Wildwood Arts to join its companion.
Monday 22nd July 2019
I was thrilled to have sold Skinny Dippers on the River Dart to the loveliest couple
today. It could not have gone to a better home. I was honoured they travelled so
far to come and view it in my studio. (and sad to see it go!)
Such a shame that a painting that depicts innocence and fun was rejected by a certain
South Devon gallery and never had the chance to be seen by the public. Needless to
say I will not be censored by anyone and we parted company by mutual consent.
vive le plaisir et la joie!
Skinny Dipping, The River Dart by David William Young
Thursday 27th - Saturday 29th June 2019
Butchers Hall, Tavistock (next to Town Square)
I will be having another opportunity to exhibit ‘The Woodland Glade & The Hand of
Man’ (see below) at the forthcoming Tavistock Mining Heritage exhibition at Butchers
Hall, Tavistock. (Just off the main square)
I strongly recommend you go and see this very unusual and epic painting which shows
and explains in great detail the toil, hardship and ultimate desecration of the land
that went with the mining boom in the Tamar Valley. I have produced a detailed brochure
fully explaining the picture and its history.
The Exhibition is only on for three days (despair!) So make sure to pencil it in.
The Woodland Glade and the Hand of Man
David William Young
As I mentioned on my home page my painting continues to evolve and move in exciting
and challenging new directions. One such piece I exhibited a couple of years ago
is ‘The Woodland Glade and the Hand of Man’ depicting the less savoury impact on
my local area by ‘the hand of of man’. It depicts the human impact both present and
historically by using both canvas and frame.
3rd November 2018
Wildwood Arts in Horrabridge, Devon have just taken my painting ‘November - Dartmoors
Ancient Woodlands’ for displaying at their Winter exhibition will will run till Christmas.
It is a painting tat took so long to complete such are the complexities of atmosphere
and detail that went into it. When I completed making the frame (which in itself
took two and a half days) and inserted the finished painting the final result I thought
was totally stunning. It’s a painting that evokes the cold early mornings of November
on those damp, misty downs, valleys and ancient woods of Darmoor.
I hope you can make it to the gallery to view it yourself.
16th March 2018
My goodness. A year has gone by without an update. Too busy painting. I’m currently
working on a double triptych which is a massive project which will take years not
months. With the demise of most of my galleries I am now free to pursue exciting
new projects that will really push me. The manacles are off and I have such a lot
to paintings to create before I end up on the proverbial compost heap.
Steward Woodland Community
Talking of compost heaps and my semi woodland living I heard via an email of the
demise/destruction of the Steward Community Woodland on Dartmoor. These lovely folk
have been living in their wood for many, many years in low impact dwellings and showing
the rest of us how to live a gentle impact life without resorting to trashing the
planet. After all these years Dartmoor National Park Authority has finally got its
way and turfed them out and into the world of sapien monoculture. Sad, sad,sad.
I reproduce a few photos of this Community on my website as a lasting memory to these
people and their living home. I finish with a photo of the new development a mile
or two up the road in Moretonhampstead, Darmoor.
Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park (a stone’s throw from Steward Wood)
31st March 2017
Thirty years ago today I gave up my job and walked out of an office to become a
full time artist. It was simply the best and most rewarding thing I ever did…….and
I continue to paint a work that I have meant to do some years ago but have only finally
got down to it recently. It’s certainly not a painting the public will want to buy
but that's what being an artist is. However in conjunction with this I have been
on Dartmoor and have become very excited about a place I visited. I was working
out dimensions, making the canvas and painting the composition earlier in the week.
It will now be on hold till I complete the other painting. What are these paintings?
I will reveal all when they are complete!
All painting came to a halt yesterday as I picked the plums growing outside my bedroom
window. Yes, I know it sounds decadently romantic but it is the ideal place as it
is in full south facing sun - perfect for ripening. So I spent most of the day harvesting
, stoning and preserving. They look so delicious in the jars I have taken a photograph
of them in the bedroom window with the plum espalier outside.
After providing a wonderful service through their excellent gallery, Tony & Audrey
Whitehead of Mayfower Galleries in Tavistock have finally retired so ending a long
era of selling my artwork in Tavistock. This is particulary sad with it being my
‘home town’ and the base with which I started my career. There doesn’t seem to be
a suitable replacement yet but I am keeping alert to any possibilities in the town
and will keep you updated on this website if there is any good news. In the meantime
if there is any painting or print that you might need do feel free to contact me
direct so I can help you in any way.
I recently completed a painting I have been working on for several months. It is
a seascape with 25 gulls & a shag in it. There is a lot of movement and activity
in the painting hence why it took so long.
In the meantime I came across this portrait I did of a small Lurcher many decades
ago. When establishing myself as an artist I frequently did animal portraits to earn
Lurcher painting by David William Young
I went down to Mayflower Arts on the Barbican, Plymouth this week armed with with
two Dartmoor paintings under my arms. Both of them feature a Hawthorn as their subject
but both are entirely different in their character. They are now on show at the Gallery
so feel free to go down and have a look at them. They are both for sale. For enquiries
go to Mayflower Arts.
Hawthorn in a Dartmoor Sunset by David William Young. Original oil painting for viewing
& sale at Mayflower Arts.
May Blossom, Dartmoor by David William Young. Sold
Today I am not an artist, nor a gardener, nor a house builder but a cook. The greenhouse
is full of tomatoes that have only narrowly survived this years blight. So I went
and picked them this morningand made them all into soup. I added apples, basil,
tomatillos, parsley, fennel seeds, nasturtiums, coriander, curry powder, salt and
pepper. After chaos in the kitchen in which I had to use 3 pressure cookers and a
large frying pan on my small Rayburn I finally procured 17 half litre kilner jars
of very tasty tomato soup to help me through the dark winter days . Crazy, I will
never make a living as an artist. (But would I be happy going to the supermarket
and buying 17 tins of Heinz Tomato soup?)
I am currently working on my crumbling cottage before the Winter gales blow their
icy tentacles through my draughty hovel. Hence my latest painting awaits my attention
on its easel.
In the meantime here is a photo of my neighbours sharing my garden produce.