From an early age, Darlene has displayed a perpetual interest in arts and crafts. As a child, she could be found with a pencil, paints or mud in hand—whatever materials were accessible and allowed creativity to flow.
Darlene’s more serious interest in art ironically began while she was studying for her Honors Bachelor of Business Administration Degree at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. Beginning with an elective Life Drawing course in year 1, Darlene proceeded to expand her skills into ink and watercolour renderings of homes, pastel portraits of pets and eventually portraits of people. As well, Darlene entered the world of sculpting where she produced exquisitely detailed replicas of pets in the form of pins, earrings, switch plates and clocks.
Dabbling in acrylic paints and having a sincere respect for wildlife, Darlene began painting tigers, giraffes and the like. Virtually self-taught, Darlene has taken only a handful of 9 week courses to learn some basic techniques and concepts. Her canvas work progressed rapidly to include more and more detail.
Then the challenge came. A friend of Darlene’s asked her to paint a mural on a 9’x 15’ wall in her Hair Salon. But quickly, her nervousness turned into excitement and the mural was a success.
Darlene has focussed on mural painting and trompe l’oeil ever since with countless murals and trompe l'oeil being utilized in Long-term Care Facilities in the region as a deterrant for patients with Alzheimers and dementia.
All of Darlene’s past interests and her courage to experiment, has allowed her to be able to present a portfolio that is both extensive and varied. From Roman Pillars and Ocean paradises, to exotic animals and jungle scenery, Darlene brings life and atmosphere to any room in your home or office.
Darlene was born in and now resides in Welland, Ontario with her two equally talented and handsome boys.