I believe art is a journey of introspection. I can choose whether life is an adventure, or a disaster and this perspective will influence my art. I have experience letting moods determine my direction in artistic expression. This has provided valuable insight however if there is no clear goal, I have gotten lost and sunk in depression. Upon reexamining my purpose as an artist, I feel prompted to make the decision to be deliberate with my subject matter, with my intent and with my goals. Life is important to me and my goal is to create connections with others that feel the same way. Art is a powerful way to communicate, and I have a desire to find a way to do more than just make money with art.
Darlene Deffes was born in Tucson, Arizona, and spent her early life in New England and later moved to Florida. Her family cultivated her curiosity and creativity from a young age. She worked in many mediums until painting captured her soul. Although mostly self-taught, Darlene took a few drawing classes and one painting class to chase her interest in the arts. She currently works in various mediums, primarily acrylic, oil and watercolor.
Today Darlene is married to Timothy Deffes and has one dog, Misty and three cats: Kitty, Simon and Vanilla Ice. Their happy family currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida. Darlene is a full time artist.