Ed Young finds his inspiration in Chinese painting Philosophy. He believes a solid foundation achieved by studying the past must be established in order to truly make new and inspirational images. Young hopes through such images he can draw in readers and expose them to new knowledge.
In his Horn Book acceptance speech, Young described the Eight Matters of the Heart from his book Voices of the Heart. To work on pieces he feels truly connected and invested in, Young puts his mind into his work before he begins. He stated in his speech “We put ourselves in jeopardy in life if we don’t have our mind and body in the right place. The eight matters must accompany me wherever I tread so that I know the time that I have in this world is well spent.”
Young is a T’ai Chi Master studying under the renown Master Cheng Man-Ch’ing. Young has taught T’ai Chi to his own students for over three decades. He also swims to calm himself as one of his favorite sounds is waves reaching the shore.