We are super stoked to have the ridiculously talented and multifaceted Darlene Madden joining our RELICS & ARTIFACTS® Ambassador team. Her unique style and multidimensional approach to art shows in her creations and her cheeky, fun-loving personality is a perfect match! Let's get to know the beautiful Darlene a bit more.
What fills your time when you are not creating?
When I am not creating, I am thinking about new creations!!! As a full time artist and instructor, I am always looking at the world through “potential eyes.” I love to find and use wonderful treasures and incorporate them in my art. My philosophy is everyday can be an artistic experience and I strive to live this way. Creating and gratitude are my mainstays. My husband Gord and I have 5 children and 7 grandchildren. All of these amazing individuals just enrich our everyday lives as we are lucky that they all live near us!
What are your favorite materials to use when you create?
My favorite materials in my toolbox are polymer clay, paint, vintage jewelry and found objects. It is very easy for me to grab these elements and make interesting connections because they all seem to easily relate to each other.
Where do you find inspiration for your art and how do you stay inspired?
I have no trouble finding inspiration. I find it in nature, music, books.
What is your signature style?
My signature style can best be described in one word: TEXTURE. I am drawn to it like a bee to a flower and I just love using it in most of my work.
If you could meet with anyone, living or deceased, who do you feel you could spend hours in a chat over a cup of tea or coffee?
If I could spend time with someone who I am totally intrigued by it would be Georgia OʼKeefe. I hiked the area she lived in while in New Mexico and I loved it! I totally respect her for finding her own creative voice and using it.
What is your favorite quote?
My favourite quote is, “We are mosaics... pieces of light, love , history, stars...glued together with magic and music and words.” --Anita Krishan
We are thrilled that Darlene will be joining us on our horizon broadening and comfort zone busting journey through creativity and cannot wait to see what magic she shares with us and all of you. If you'd like to connect with Darlene, you can find her at Inspiro Mixed Media, on Facebook at Inspiro Mixed Media Works, on Instagram under @InspiroMixedMedia, or via email at Info@MyInspiro.com.