Darren will be displaying his artwork in our Midtown Gallery through the month of July. A reception will be held in his honor on Thursday, July 20th from 5 pm to 8 pm. Tea, wine, and cookies will be served. We hope to see you.
Darren R Parker
My goal is to capture my chosen subject matter with incredible attention to detail. Sharing with the viewer the innate, sometimes invisible beauty that often gets overlooked during the daily hustle and bustle. I strive to capture magical moments, historical architecture and breathtaking landscapes which have caught my attention. Through my realistic paintings, I attempt to draw the viewer into the scene, and to stir forgotten memories of days gone by.
I was born in Pratt, Kansas, to parents who supported my passion for art unconditionally. My father shared with me his talent of illustration, while mother nourished my creativity. My mentor, Disney illustrator, Betty Crews, pushed me to be diligent, to work hard and to find my niche. After graduation from Kansas State University in 1985 I worked as a Graphic Designer for nearly a decade, releasing my first limited edition print in 1996 titled “Cathedral Reflection”. Since then I have managed an art gallery, co-owned a gallery and worked in the hospitality industry, all while donating art to local charities, completing commissions and taking part in art exhibitions. Many of my most recent paintings depict rural America. Whether it be a country church, an old windmill, abandoned granaries or elevators. My Mother’s side of the family first homesteaded land in 1880 near Cunningham, KS, and we have had a significant presence in this area ever since. My parents currently reside on that 250-acre farm. Many of my paintings depict scenes from in and around Cunningham, Pratt and some of the surrounding communities. I have recently relocated back to Kansas, back to my roots, and have settled in the Wichita area. I am creating and painting full-time now while looking after my parents.
Currently I am represented by the Vernon Filley Art Museum in
Pratt, Kansas. My thought provoking watercolor pencil, graphite
and watercolor paintings have been published twice in
US Art Magazine and are included in public and
private collections around the world.
I hope that my art has made you smile, invoked
a memory or perhaps brightened your day.
Thank you for supporting my passion
and giving me an outlet for my God given talent.
Art of Ahs