Kikuko Young is basically a self taught artist. She has taken some workshops from local and well as nationally known artists. She only began painting seriously when she reached her 40's.
In the beginning of her painting career she mainly worked in watercolor, but has since branched out to many other mediums including pastel, oil, and acrylic. She is a figurative sculptor as well.
Young has been the recipient of awards from the 2002 San Diego Watercolor Society's International Juried Exhibition, the 1991 Women Artist of the West, 1991
Best of the Show for the Society of Western Artists (SWA) Juried show in Merced,
First places for the SWA Juried Show in Fresno, 1993 Poster winner of Fresno County
Blossom Trail, 2003 Best of Show and First Place for the Madera County Arts Council Agricultural Art Exhibition.
She has exhibited her works in the California Watercolor Association's National Juried Exhibit's in San Francisco, Pastel Society of the West Coast in Morro Bay, Santa Cruz National Art League Juried Exhibition, Watercolor West International Juried Exhibition, Brea, CA, the SWA Open and Membership juried shows in San Bruno, CA and the SWA San Joaquin Valley Chapter shows. Other exhibits include the River Parkway House Art Gallery, the Plein Air exhibition at Fresno City Hall, the Pastel show at Coast Savings, Fresno, and the Clovis Art Guild Show.
Young's paintings and sculptures have been shown at Plums Contemporary Arts, the Coke Hallowell Center, Rolff's Art Gallery and Framing, Fig Garden Book Store, Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Fresno and Selma, CA, UC Center in Fresno, Tamsen Munger Art Gallery, Fresno Arts Museum's Gift shop, St Agnes Medical Center, Fresno Community Hospital, State Bond Sales Corp, California State Building Jury Room in Fresno, and the law office of Borchardt, Corona and Faeth, Fresno, CA.
Currently her works can be seen at the Door Art Gallery in Fresno CA.
Young has been a member of the gallery since 1999.
Her paintings and sculptures and commissioned pieces grace many private collections.