Artist Profile: Darrell Gardner


Grand Canyon Rim TreeTitle: Grand Canyon Rim Tree


Size:24" x 18"



Wotan's Throne WakesTitle: Wotan's Throne Wakes


Size:20" x 16"



Time PerspectiveTitle: Time Perspective


Size:30" x 40"


Darrell Gardner

107 N Main Street USA
Marceline, MO 64658

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I strive to capture the feeling enjoyed while visiting a location either physically or mentally. My paintings continue to evolve over time. When I first started painting I was very tight with few brush strokes visible. I have changed and am now the opposite. I like thick paint and heavy brush strokes, lots of color and I look for subjects with brilliant colors and contrasts. I prefer early morning and late evening light. I use a limited pallet of Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow and Ultramarine Blue in plein air. On large studio paintings I add Cadmium Orange and Dioxazine Purple for the convenience. I first block in a section of the painting. Then, before any paint dries, I start adding layers and mixing the paint to a large degree on the canvas itself. Painters like Nicolai Fechin, Birger Sandzen and Monet have influenced me. I love Sergeant’s and Raymond Kinstler’s figurative oil paintings and I see them in person anytime I can. I am most influenced today by Scott Burdick, Dan Gerharts and C.W. Mundy. I have also painted with many great local plein air painters like BillyO O’Donnell, Dave and Shawn Cornell, Henryk Ptasiewicz and too many more to list here. When I first started painting I took lessons and workshops from Nora Othic, BillyO O’Donnell, Jeannette Koczela, Camile Prezwodek, Lyn Pharris and Michelle Torrez. I have studied and painted with many others, but think of myself mostly as self taught.