About Darlene Bayley
Darlene creates art that celebrates life, utilizing paint, fabric and many other mediums. By blending these, Darlene creates a “painting”, adding overlays, embellishments and threadwork (both by hand and machine). Experimentation with techniques is key to her process, and she is always trying to answer the question: “What If?”
Darlene began oil painting early in her teenage years, under the influence of a very artistic mother. However, in university art was just an option, while she completed a B.A. (Special) in Slavic Languages. After several years staying home with young children, Darlene began working in a local sewing/quilting store and soon “caught the bug”. Within a few years, she was creating her own fibre art pieces, painting on fabric, and leading others in several Fibre Art Clubs.
Darlene now pursues her art full time, and her work has been accepted in both national and international exhibits. Membership and participation in local and international art and fibre-art related groups has strengthened her artistic journey.
Techniques, techniques, techniques … I have spent several years learning various fibre-art techniques, including dying fabrics, using resists, overlays and so on. These have combined to give me a large “tool box” for use. While influenced by art movements and past genres, I seek to bring out the best in a confusing world around me. Art is my therapy.
Trees, nature, city scapes and buildings often appear in my art. I admire them for their strength and endurance. As the seasons change so does my work, and I move through realism to abstraction as my art requires. The process of creating a work in fibre can be all-consuming, and amazingly gratifying.
FAN – Fibre Art Network
SAQA Studio Art Quilt Associations
CQA/ADD – Canadian Quilters’ Association
EDQG – Edmonton & District Quilter’s Guild
FAN EXHIBITION PARTICIPATION
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