Darryl Nelson is a self-taught artist, whose inspiration is the spectacular scenery of his home province of British Columbia, Canada. He lived and worked as a teacher in the Fraser Valley for ten years, before relocating to Kamloops. As a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, he has participated in local shows through the Kamloops chapter, as well as at frequent shows in Vancouver. He is currently employed by Kamloops Arts Council as an Art Instructor for the 'Crossing Bridges Arts Outreach Program' which provides high quality art classes to centers which have individuals going through challenging times (Canadian Mental Health Association, Pheonix Drug/Alcohol Detox Centre, Interior Community Services Youth Support, and New Life Community). Darryl has spent countless hours hiking, fishing, and exploring the lakes and hills of British Columbia. He has always had a close connection with nature, which he likes to share with his wife and three children. He endeavors to capture those special moments of nature and life in each painting.
"My work reflects an appreciation of the natural diversity of our province. I have experienced what being in the outdoors can do for one's spirit, and I strive to find strong compositions that will draw the viewer in and create a feeling of connection to the landscape. I like to paint a diverse selection of scenes, as there are just so many possibilities for great paintings everywhere I look! It is important to me to capture the details that make each tree, hill and cloud unique. It is like a portrait where the individual features give it life and meaning. I hope my work inspires others to appreciate and protect this great land we live in for future generations." - Darryl