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Darlene received her BFA (painting) from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2000 and has been painting full-time since then. She maintains a studio in Calgary and finds renewal and inspiration in the mountains and rivers of the area. Darlene’s love of nature began as a child in Lynn Valley. The love was deepened by the mystery of the forests and the coastal grandeur of British Columbia. Darlene’s love became an irrepressible desire to express the beauty she felt. Many years of experimentation in the creative arts followed, culminating in landscape painting. Her journey is an ever-evolving enquiry influenced by eastern religion and philosophy. She is the observer of nature’s shore from the oceanic peace of her inner reality. The resulting paintings built up from texture, impasto, thin glazes of oil and a recent addition of cold wax, have a sense of effortlessness; the viewer enters a serene and timeless world. Darlene’s paintings are held in private and corporate collections in Canada, the United States, Australia, Hong Kong and other countries. “My paintings are born at the confluence of three rivers: love of nature, love of painting and the spirit that is my heart.”