Darren was born in West Yorkshire in 1971, but has lived in Scotland since 1996. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London.
All his work are watercolours, produced outside on location and drawn directly in brush. By working direct from life, he aims to retain the freshness and energy that working outside gives, and revels in working in often extreme weather conditions.
Recently he published his second solo book ‘Up River, The Song of the Esk’ bringing together three years work from an appointed Artist in Residence position in the Scottish Borders.
His first solo book ‘From Dawn Till Dusk’ published by Langford Press in autumn 2005 celebrated the wealth of natural history found along the forth as well as the Lammermuir Hills and the west coast. His paintings and drawings also feature in Drawing Birds by John Busby (2004).
His work is held in many private collections, including recently a commission for the Duke of Edinburgh’s 90th birthday.
He won the prestigious Swarovski/Birdwatch magazine Artist of the Year in 2009, which was awarded at The Mall Galleries, London. The winning painting ‘Lapwing Group’, is a centrepiece of the new publication. He was also a winner of this award in 1999.