Darnéy Willis

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Personal Description: Darney began a serious interest in painting in the summer of 1967. He has been able to do some painting, and a lot of thinking about visual art concerns both formally and philosophically, and a lot of teaching visual art concerns ever since. Darney earned a Master of Fine Arts, in Painting, from the Univ. of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ar., USA, in 1983; a Master of Arts, in Digital Media from the Univ. of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ar.,USA, in 1998. He is teaching in the Art Department of NW Arkansas Community College where he started teaching in 1990. Darney lives in NW Arkansas with his wife and two of their seven children in a beautiful house, Castle Gate, that he built with the help of his older son and one of his daughters and has been a major studio project for the last 6 years. He is also building a large painting studio which is still waiting to be finished. Darney is also a five-fold ministry prophet in a local ecclesia.

Work Description: Darney paints large scale canvases with bold invented color - lyrical and very expressive color passages of natural images viewed so very close up only part of the external contours of the particular images are seen. He doesn't use the internal natural details normally seen with such a view.
Currently Darney is painting flower images, mainly from the iris flower. These images are meant to be something other than visual illusions or mimics of iris flowers - they are intended to be metaphors or doorways into visual, emotional, and sometimes even spiritual journeys - into flowerscapes of peace, order, beauty, and unity. They are metaphors of the human condition, of the magnificent yet fragile nature of our humanity and our constant dependence on our Creator for inspiration, protection, nurturing, and restoration. He realizes humans are capable of extremely ugly horrible cruel things also, which is worth addressing in paint as well. Presently his work is both a joyful celebration of living, having purpose on this earth, and bearing fruit and also addressing issues that arise on the earth from mankind leaving an intimate relationship with our Creator and thus mismanaging our stewardship of the earth.

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