Artist Interview: Daley Darr

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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.

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