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Artist in Residence - Once in a lifetime moments can be treasured forever

Publish Date: 21-Jun-2013

Victoria, BC Friday, June 21, 2013

Darlene Young- Artist in Residence 2013


The Fairmont Empress is privileged to welcome Darlene Young, artist in residence.  The sixth artist to take up residence in the hotel, Young follows a long line of notable artists that includes David Goatley, Nicholas Pearce, Judy McLaren, Manon Elder and Robert Amos. 

Painting is Darlene's passion. It's been so since she could hold a crayon.  She is moved by the beauty of the world around here.  Darlene tries to share this excitement with others through her art.

Her process is simple. Most of her work is done with her eyes, hands, and traditional paints and supports. These days she prefers oil painting en plein air or directly from life. Her larger, more developed, works usually begin with preliminary sketches. Darlene prefers to paint from life even in her studio because she can really study her subject. When Darlene paints plein air she loves feeling the elements around here. The ocean mist, the bird songs, and even the curious human visitors. 
She goes nowhere without her sketchbook.

Please browse Darlene's gallery and come back often as she tries to post new images as she paints them. Darlene also has a daily painting blog where she posts her paintings as soon as she completes them. 


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