Living and studying in Brisbane, Australia, Darren graduated with a tertiary degree in graphic design in 2007. He has subsequently made a living working on a broad range of design projects across commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors, with a particular interest in conceptual design, editorial, and brand identity development for small to medium business.
In 2016, Darren was inspired to more seriously pursue his aptitude and passion for fine art.
“For as long as I can remember, I have loved to draw. It’s always been very instinctual, and a form of meditation in a way, even from a very young age. I have never had art lessons or drawing instruction. Some may say it’s a natural ability, but it is also years of experimentation, practice and patience.”
A long-held fascination with the natural world, and the relationships between that which make it their home, inspires much of Darren’s work. Every composition is exquisitely hand-drawn, capturing the finest details in a clean and contemporary aesthetic that celebrates the chosen subject. His work relates both a keen observation of reality with an infusion of whimsey, and visual conversation between subjects. No grid reference techniques are used, meaning every piece is drawn purely “by eye” and come to life over hours, weeks, sometimes months of work.
“I’ve always been taken by works of realism and motivated by the challenge highly detailed subjects present. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why I am drawn to wildlife as a subject, with such an incredible gamut of furs, plumage and musculature. It can be painstaking at times, but the result is satisfying”.
Darren works exclusively with the highest quality, artist-grade graphite and colour pencils with rich, finely ground pigments and light resistance confirmed by the most rigorous international testing. He favours Faber Castell Polychromos®(Germany), Caran d’Ache Luminance 6901® and Museum Aquarelle (Switzerland), and Derwent Lightfast (Britain).
“Pencils remain my favourite tools because of the control, precision and line quality they allow, plus they’re (mostly) clean to work with. Today’s professional-grade colour pencil is a massive departure from the humble colour pencil that typically comes to mind. You can achieve a fantastic depth and luminosity in your work, plus they are fully archival, to museum standard.
Darren’s work has been selected for various local and national exhibitions. He has been a finalist in the Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular and a four-time finalist and category winner in the Lethbridge 20000 Small Scale Art Award in Australia. Two of Darren’s pieces were selected for publication in the tenth edition of Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing published by Northlight Books, and his work has appeared in art magazines internationally.
A portion of all sales from Darren's art supports conservation and animal welfare projects throughout the world.