Artist Interview: Daley Darr
What are your earliest memories related to art?
My earliest memories of art are from my middle school art class. We were taught what acrylic paint was and how to clean paintbrushes, history on famous artists and what era’s they were known for, and were able to practice different techniques. I was taught how to blend colors and use different strokes for texture which is the foundation of what I have adopted and adapted for my paintings today. Specifically, I remember we as a class were doing a piece based on Pointillism. We had to do thousands of small dots using chalk pastels. I remember I never finished because it took me so long but I wanted to do it right. My art teacher, though, graded me on the quality of my work knowing I did my best to do it right.
How and when did you start becoming an artist yourself?
I started painting for myself when I was going off to college. I wanted to create some art for my dorm room walls. Throughout college, I would create a small piece every once and awhile. I would give most of my pieces to my mom and when I came home to visit I would see my art everywhere. One of my family members asked me to do a big piece for them and I got positive feedback from everyone who saw it.. That’s when I realized how much I love art and want to pursue it in a more serious way.
What was the evolution like toward finding your current voice and visual vocabulary?
Art truly is an escape. Sometimes when you don’t know how to say something or even what to say it just bottles up in you. When I paint I start and I do not know how it is going to come out. It is like everything inside of me just comes out. I do not know how to describe it but when I paint it just feels right. It is my happy place.
What is your process like?
My process is usually I have a color scheme in mind that I want to create. I mix the colors that I want to use before I start. I then have idea if I want it to be more of smaller strokes or large blended strokes. Then I paint and go from there. I do not have a big process other than that.
Is there anything from your artist statement that you wish to expound on, that you normally don’t have the chance to discuss?
Just I love to create and I do it not only for myself but for my family. I would not have been able to recognize my talent if it were not for my family. I feel like everyone thinks what they create looks good but when others share it that it really motivates me to keep creating.
What do you try to control in your surfaces, and what do you leave to chance?
I more-so control the color-scheme and let how the overall piece turns out up to my creativity. I discussed this a little bit in my statement but I love creating because it amazes me how my art turns out. It truly reminds me that God gave me this talent so I want to let that flow through me every time I create.
Where do you see your work going from here?
From here I would love to get my work out into the community. I love my art and it brings me so much joy when others get excited to see my art. Part of me would love to just keep every piece to myself but being able to share that with others is why I paint.