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Maxwell’s Cabin Studio & Gallery (Posted On: Tuesday, January 03, 2006)

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Open By Chance or Appointment, Darlene West uses a pioneer log house as her studio & gallery.

As a child, Darlene West showed an above normal talent and interest in art. As an adult, she painted and sketched intermittently while raising two daughters and pursuing a career in the corporate world. Living in the city of Richmond Hill in the penthouse suite of a high-rise condo provided exposure to the city’s lights and culture, but left little time for her art.

Upon retirement four years ago she moved to a small village two hours north of Toronto to be with her partner, a retired Veterinarian, where they live in a 50 acre hardwood bush. Some 250 feet behind their home is a small pioneer log house, previously used as a barn, that was waiting for someone to bring it back to life. With a little TLC it has become the perfect studio.

Darlene immersed herself in developing her talent. She wanted to share with others the wonders of nature and the beautiful escarpment that surrounded her. “I love nature,” she says. “I try to look beyond the obvious and create unique, paintings that depict our beautiful province.” Never far away from her are her sketchpad and camera.

Working in oils, her use of vibrant colours and lines of movement draw you into a painting and create the desire to have it in your own home so you can visit it often. Most of her clients come from the city hoping to capture the memory of a beautiful place that they can revisit once they return to their busy lives.

Visit the Darlene West gallery by clicking here.

Darlene West, Artist


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