The Dragonfly Story

“In the bottom of an old pond lived some grubs who could not understand why none of their group ever came back after crawling up the stems of the lilies to the top of the water. They promised each other that the next one who was called to make the upward climb would return and tell what happened to him. Soon one of them felt an urgent impulse to seek the surface; he rested himself on the top of a lily pad and went through a glorious transformation, which made him a dragonfly with beautiful wings. In vain he tried to keep his promise. Flying back and forth over the pond, he peered down at his friends below. Then he realized that even if they could see him they would not recognize such a radiant creature as one of their number.

          The fact that we cannot see our friends or communicate with them after the transformation, which we call death, is no proof that they cease to exist.”

Walter Dudley Cavert

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I have donated images of my art to The Dragonfly Project. It is a truly remarkable non-profit organization that provides a message of hope to those who are grieving. The organization largely consists of volunteers who send condolence cards (with a dragonfly keychain) symbolizing a message of hope to people who are grieving. Printed on the inside cover of the cards is the dragonfly story. The cards are typically sent out 3-6 months after the death of a loved one.

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Specific images: Of the Brave and Permission to Soar were designed and created (with the assistance of fellow veteran, Bill Mitchell) to address the losses of those who had served their country or community. 

Luck Visits was the initial image the Dragonfly Project choose for their card packets.

Of the Brave


Permission to Soar


Luck Visits


Annie Young Arts Online Shop Items


I offer a small sampling of items highlighting my artwork that can be purchased online, this includes: prints, notecards, journals and tote bags. Consider checking these links every once in a while as I do switch up the design offerings:


Tote Bags

(Consider my beautiful artful tote bags to help you steer away from needing the plastic at the check out. Together we can do our part limit the amount of single use plastic bags 😎!

Original paintings can be purchased at gallery exhibits or by contacting me directly.

Inspirational Speaker/workshop Leader


 Want to provide your staff, organization or team with an opportunity to experience a new point of view?

1/2 day and full day workshops include:


 -using humor, antidotal stories and reflection to share my story of:

becoming an artist after losing my sight, participating in triathlons, adventure destination marathons and stretching the many boundaries of society’s ‘perceived’ limitations of my diff-ability


   *Every workshop is specifically designed to meet the needs of your organization.(Community outreach/educational component optional)

*Inspirational Speaking and Workshop fees are listed seperately unless contracted as one event.

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Purchase Original Art


I prefer to sell my original works during my exhibits and thru the hosting gallery. 

(If you are interested in a piece that is NOT currently on display, feel free to contact me directly.)

Commissioned Art


Please feel free to email or call me with any commission art inquiries or requests. 

*Prices start at $1500.00

You can typically expect to wait up to 6 months for the completion of commissioned artwork

Artist Enhancement of Selected Prints


Additional $75.00-$150.00

Selected prints are available for artistic topographic enhancement (canvas only)