Birthday Bird and I welcome you to my artist website. I paint for children and whimsical adults. Each of my paintings tells a bit of a story. The viewer gets to figure out what happens next!


I use acrylics because the colors are vibrant and the medium is forgiving. A new artist, I sometimes jump out of bed and begin to paint right away. Painting makes me happy. Those who see my work say it makes them happy too.

If you’d like more information about my art or you’d like to buy a painting, please contact me at BKYounger@gmail.com.


On Exhibit Now: Toys Escaping! I just finished a series of 16 paintings for the Orange County Historical Museum here in Hillsborough, North Carolina. I was asked to do the paintings to coordinate with an antique toy exhibit that opens April 26 and runs into October.

The paintings are for sale and all of the proceeds go to support children’s programming at the museum. Large paintings are $65 or two for $100. Small paintings are $40 or two for $70.  I am glad to ship the paintings for an additional $10.


Ms. Bear Moves into the Oval Office. 20 by 20. Sold.


Snuggle Bunny Escapes the Nursery

Snuggle Bunny Escapes the Nursery.  20 by 16.


Bathub Sailboat Dreams of the Great Lakes

Bathtub Sailboat Dreams of the Great Lakes. 11 by 14.


Paint Set Decorates the Sky on a Gray, Gloomy Day

Watercolor Set Decorates the Sky on a Gray, Gloomy Day. 20 by 16. Sold.


Play Dinosaur Morphs into a Real One and Visits the Museum

Play Dinosaur Morphs into a Real One and Visits the Museum. 20 by 20. Sold.


Bunny on Wheels Takes Off

 Bunny on Wheels Takes Off. 16 by 20.



Plastic Unicorn Finds a Real Pot of Gold. 14 by 11.


Vintage Sheep and Yoyo Enjoy the Breeze

Vintage Sheep and Yo-yo Enjoy the Breeze. 16 by 20.


Rag Doll

Rag Doll on Her Way to Town for a Store-bought Dress. 12 by 12.



Kaleidoscope Studies Her Own Shapes in the Mirror. 16 by 20.


The Kittens Stand Guard but Where are the Dolls

The Kittens Stand Guard but Where Are the Dolls? 14 by 14.


Play Dough

Play Dough Flowers in a Play Dough Pot Decorate the Palace of a Real Queen. 12 by 12.


The Marbles Have a Field Day

The Marbles Have a Field Day. 20 by 16.



Rocket Ship Heads Straight to Mars. 12 by 24. Sold.


Toy Kitchen

Toy Kitchen Bakes a Cake. 14 by 14.



Xylophone Takes a Bow at Symphony Hall. 14 by 11.


Museum Director Stephanie Pryor writes of my art: “Your narrative approach to art reinvents past traditions and updates the stories for the present. Thank you for sharing your work, your approach, and your voice with all of us.”

More of my paintings: 


Kitty with Heart

Kitty, Ready for the Valentine’s Tea. 14 by 18. $45.



Sheep, Whose Happiness is Transparent on a Sunny Day. 9 by 13. $45.



Butterfly, Pleased with Her Green World. 20 by 16. $40.


Fish Negotiations

Fish Negotiations. 12 by 12. $35.


Happy Flowers

Happy Flowers. 10 by 8. $30.



Bee, Happy in Her World. 8 by 8. $25.


Yellow Roses for a Valentine

Yellow Roses. 8 by 8. $25.



Bunny Hops to the Nursery. 20 by 16. $65.



Seagull Adds to His Sea Glass Collection. 20 by 20. $65.


Five Minutes Before the Bus

Five Minutes Before the School Bus. 20 by 20. $65.


Sea Monsters

Sea Monsters Head to the Cottage for a Cup of Tea. 12 by 12.  35.


Happy Entanglement

Happy Entanglement. 16 by 20. $55.



Sea Gull Sings Goodnight to the Lighthouse. 12 by 12. 45.


New Fruit in an Old Bowl

New Fruit in an Old Bowl. 14 by 14. 40. Sold.


Baby Owl

Baby Owl Soaks in the Wisdom of the Skies. 8 by 8. $30.



All Things Bring Some Gold. 16 by 20. $55.


After Picasso

After Picasso. 20 by 16. $55.



Kat, Ready for her Interview. 16 by 20. $55.


Mother Mary

Mother Mary Comes to Me. 9 by 12. 35.


Custom Orders: Let me know what you’d like, Katie requested a pig!



Galleries and Shops: I have lots more paintings at local galleries and shops. It’s an honor to have my work displayed at these creative and upbeat places. Hooray for gallery and shop owners who support local artists.


Margaret Lane Gallery in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

A little Something in Hillsborough:

Solgarden in Mebane, North Carolina:

The Owl and the Rabbit Gallery in Burlington, North Carolina.




Barbara Younger

Katherine Paterson Prize

My picture book manuscript, Randolph Caldecott, Forever in Motion, won Honorable Mention for the 2018 Katherine Paterson Prize.

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Click on a painting to land on my art page. This is Ms. Bear Moves into the Oval Office.

This is Snuggle Bunny Escapes the Nursery. I painted a series of toy paintings for the Orange County Historical Museum.

I love painting abstracts. This is Five Minutes Before the School Bus

I have my own blog called Friend for the Ride. Check it out by clicking on the Ladies Room Door below.

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