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Darlene Hansen Morris began her art career when she received her first new box of Crayola crayons at an early age from her artistic mother. Taking art classes each semester, she sold her first watercolor painting to the high school secretary. Her work was exhibited in the annual student show at Balboa Park in San Diego when she was a high school senior.

In the intervening years she has continued her studies with well-known artists, including Annette Paquet, Roger Folk, Gerald Brommer, Katherine Chang Liu, Morten Solberg, Louise Cadillac, and Pat Dews. Her work has been exhibited in the Southern California area since 1983. Her paintings have been juried into shows at the San Diego Watercolor Society, Carlsbad-Oceanside Art League, the San Diego County Fair at Del Mar, La Jolla Art Association, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, and the Joshua Tree National Park Art Show & Faire. Her paintings in oil, watercolor, and acrylics are in private collections across the United States. She is currently working in oil, watercolor, and acrylic with collage.

The subjects she chooses to paint are a reflection of her love of the natural landscape and her appreciation of man-made structures. During her youth she traveled with her family by car across the United States several times. As a result, she loves the variety of landscape scenery. Her attraction to architectural forms led her to study architectural drafting and rendering, which increased her understanding of structure and strengthened her work.

Darlene believes art should be an uplifting experience for the beholder as well as the artist. She strives to see grace, beauty, and soul expressed in each work to bring a sense of peace and harmony into each painting.

EDUCATION (Selected list)

Mesa College, San Diego, CA, Art history, life drawing & printmaking
Palomar College, San Marcos, CA , Color and design, acrylic & watercolor painting

Workshops (Selected List)

Roger Folk, Newport Beach
Gerald Brommer, SDWS & Sedona, AZ
Marilyn Hughey Phyllis, SDWS
Katherine Chang Liu, SDWS
Morten E. Solberg, SDWS
Louise Cadillac, SDWS
Claire-Lise Matthey Anderegg, SDWS
Gretchen Grunt, Printmaking, Twentynine Palms Artists' Guild
Pat Dews, AWS, NWS, San Diego Watercolor Society

MEMBERSHIPS

Chaparral Artists
Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council, Inc.
San Diego Watercolor Society
Twentynine Palms Artists' Association
Western Federation of Watercolor Societies

AWARDS (Selected list)

October 2013 - Chaparral Artist Open Judged Harvest Show
Bluebird Hill, watercolor/mixed media, First Place Painting, Sunrise-Sunset

April 2012 - Twentynine Palms Art Gallery Judged Member Show
Barker Dam Reflections, acrylic, Third Place Painting Not Under Glass

November - 2009 Twentynine Palms Art Gallery,
Open Judged Southland Show
On Upward Wing, acrylic with collage, First Place Under Glass

April 2008 - Twentynine Palms Art Gallery Judged Member Show
Stonehenge Revisited, acrylic with collage, Second Place Under Glass

June 2006 - Creative Catalyst Productions, Judged Spring Art Show
Field Thistles I, acrylic, Best Landscape

April 2002 - Fallbrook Art Association Spring Membership Show,
Torrey Pines Collage II, digital collage, First Place Photography

EXHIBITIONS (Selected list)

October-November 2013 - Eclectica Home Goods, Featured Artist
Many paintings on display with the theme of Joshua Tree National Park landscapes

April 2012 - Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition, 37th Annual
Cattle Pen - Pickle Meadow, acrylic

April 2012 - Twentynine Palms Art Gallery Judged Member Show
Barker Dam Reflections, acrylic, Third Place Painting Not Under Glass

April 2011 - Twentynine Palms Art Gallery Judged Member Show
Hi-Desert Winter, watercolor; Mother Bobcat & Son, photography;
Gate at Pickle Meadow, photography

November 2010 - Twentynine Palms Art Gallery, Open Judged Southland Show
Joshua Tree National Park, Early Morning Pinnacle, oil
Strata #1 - Moon Set, mixed media

November 2009 - Twentynine Palms Art Gallery, Open Judged Southland Show
On Upward Wing, acrylic with collage, First Place Under Glass
Joshua Tree National Park - Early Morning Pinnacle, oil

September 2009 - Twentynine Palms Art Gallery, Invitational Desert Diversity III Show
Joshua Tree National Park - Early Morning Pinnacle, oil

April 2008 - Twentynine Palms Art Gallery Judged Member Show
Stonehenge Revisited, acrylic with collage, Second Place Under Glass
On Upward Wing, mixed media

December 2007 - Twentynine Palms Art Gallery, two person show
Sixteen paintings - acrylic, mixed media, watercolor, and seven original prints

November 2007 - Twentynine Palms Art Gallery, Judged Southland Show
Barker Dam Reflections, acrylic

June 2006 - Creative Catalyst Productions, Judged Spring Art Show
Field Thistles I, acrylic, Best Landscape

January - February 2006 - Banning Center for the Arts, Invited Artist
Fourteen paintings on exhibit - acrylic, mixed media, watercolor, and original print

November - December 2005 - Hi-Desert Water District, Invited Artist
Several paintings on exhibit, acrylic, mixed media, watercolor, and original prints

November 2005 - Hi-Desert Playhouse, MBCAC Invited Artist Five paintings on exhibit, mixed media and original prints

September - October 2005 - Twentynine Palms Art Gallery California Hills, mixed media; Sedona Red Rocks, mixed media

May - June 2005 - Allied Artists Association of San Diego at Wyndham Hotel in San Diego Evening Aspens, acrylic; Epi Impressions, mixed media; Sedona Red Rocks, mixed media

July/August 2004 - Vista Art Association's Vista Village Gallery, Featured Artist
Seven original paintings and limited edition prints on exhibit

January 2004 - Carlsbad-Oceanside Art League, Juried Membership Show Evening Aspens, acrylic

December 2003 - La Jolla Art Association New Member Show
Epi Impressions, mixed media California Hills, mixed media

August 2003 - Carlsbad-Oceanside Art League, 53rd Annual Open Juried Award Show Epi Impressions, mixed media

September 2002 - The Fine Arts Institute of the San Bernardino County Museum 37th Annual Open Juried Exhibition Children of the Light, mixed media

June 2002 - San Diego County Fair at Del Mar Juried Show Field Thistles I, mixed media

COLLECTIONS (Selected list)

Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Anderson, Portland, Oregon
Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Lockhart, Hemet, California
Sunland Home Association, Encinitas, California
Mr. & Mrs. Chris Swift, Vista, California
Ms. Patricia Ann Tisdale, La Jolla, California
Jim Machacek, San Diego, California
Ann Webber, San Marcos, California
Mary Russell & Francis Console, Oceanside, California
Alan & Phyllis Galt, Carlsbad, California
Anne Lear, Twentynine Palms, California
John. E. Brown, Riverside, California
Kurt Edwards, Chino Hills, California
Lorien and Bill Leahy, Pebble Beach, California
Vickie Waite, Twentynine Palms, California
Keitha Lowe Walker, Carlsbad, California

 
   
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