Darlene grew up in Montreal and received her B.F.A. (major in Graphic Design), degree from Sir George Williams University, now known as Concordia University. She went on to pursue a career in business.
While she has been painting sporadically over the years, recently she has decided to devote a full time focus to her art work. Her works are predominately acrylic and mixed media.
Darlene attempts to involve the audience, through use of dimension and texture. To have you want to touch and experience what is happening on the canvas. To pause. To reflect.
Her paintings are held by private collectors in Ontario, Quebec, and the USA. She is currently represented by Rupert Young.
I was recently invited to study with an international group of artists in Italy. Working ‘Plein Air’ was an opportunity for me to immerse myself in the grandness of the light and the magnificence of the landscape. Then, back to the studio to translate it all into my language of abstract.
I try to capture a feeling, an experience in my work. I love texture and the idea of touching art – touching it either with your fingers or just your eyes and working out how it makes you feel or just enjoying it! Maybe deep down I want to be doing sculptures!
Sometimes in a really busy world, with all that’s going on, it’s a relief to be able to block it out and try to “see” the quiet. This is what design does for me. The shape and the truth of the line that makes it up.
You can use your imagination to fill in colour… or not.
This series of portraits is intended to capture… someone, anyone, you and me; but just as importantly, to reflect a feeling. These feelings, these snapshots in life are universal, be it the hand smack to the forehead, the disbelief of something forgotten, or the ‘skeptic’ waiting for the story you are about to be told…by a child, a partner.