Thomas Darnell resides in the South of France with his wife and their two children. He was born and raised in Central Texas where he graduated with high honors from the University of Texas. Thomas has been vastly recognized and exhibited in major cities around the world. He uses a technique (almost symbolic to life), which involves multiple layers of transparent oil paints and alkyde resins to visually build up detail and contrast with each pass. Thomas was drawn to the art world as early as age 12. It wasn’t until he was 34, when his late wife passed away from cancer, the catalyst that catapulted his move to France, where he then embraced the process of his true calling.
After meeting his wife, Nicole, in 1993 they moved to the South of France. Darnell’s desire to have a family has kept him grounded, he states, “Instead of holding me back, I think I have actually worked harder (in order to provide) than I would have on my own.” They live in the vineyards on the edge of a small village in an old stone barn that they renovated into a home and studio space.
Inspired by the natural beauty around him, as well as the inspiration he derives from family and friends, Darnell translates his beauty into paintings with “soothing vibes.” His technique, when used in his Peonies paintings, creates a realistic portrayal of the flowers and displays crisp details. These paintings are stunning replications of the flowers and convey a style and beauty that is unique to Darnell’s work.
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