Daren graduated from Ricks College with an Associate’s Degree in Illustration after which he received his Bachelor’s degree from Idaho State University. Daren’s paintings are a reflection of his love for nature and especially nature in the west. He spends hours painting and photographing scenes he wants to paint. His research and love of subject is evident in the accuracy and feeling of each painting. “You have to do the research,” he says, “You get to do the research; it’s part of the fun for me. “
Daren has been marketing his work since 1995. He shows his work in several Northern Utah galleries, Split Rock Gallery in St. George and Montana Trails Gallery in Bozeman Montana. His work is also in many collections throughout the United States, including the St. George Museum of Art and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He has participated in many art shows throughout the west, including the Park City Arts Festival, Beaver Creek Art Festival and the Jackson Hole Art Festival at Teton Village and has been included in the prestigious Western Masters art show in Great Falls Montana. He has been the Featured Artist at the St George Arts Festival and has been invited to participate in Arts for the National Parks, Paint America, Paint the Parks, Springville Spring Salon, the Dixie Invitational and the Thanksgiving Point Invitational Plein Air Art Show.
Wyoming Conservation Stamp honorable mention-
Arts for the National parks top 200 – 2003
Arts for the National parks top 100 – 2005 & 2006
Paint the Parks top 100- 2007, 2008 & 2009 and Mini 50- 2009
Paint America top 100- 2008 and Mini 50- 2008
St. George Arts Festival- purchase award, 1st place oil painting and featured artist 2007
Eccles Art Center, one man show- September 2018
Academy Art Show- 2nd place painting 2019
Daren lives in Willard, Utah in the shadows of the Wasatch Mountains with his wife Mellonee and their five children. He can be reached at his studio by calling 435-237-2425, email at email@example.com or visit him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/darenwildingstudio.