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Gainesville Area Visual Arts

P.O. Box 495, Gainesville, Texas, 76241   Email: info@gainesvilleareavisualarts.org

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Darlene Horst.

​​​Darlene began painting because she liked the creative process and the influence art has on

our daily lives. She has been working with some type of medium since the l960s. Upon

retirement, she began studying bodywork and art that is used as a compliment in the healing

process for cancer recovery, grief counseling, and adult and children with mental and physical

disabilities. She became an registered bodywork therapist in 1996 and worked as an independent

therapist, and as an advanced bodywork and art therapy instructor at the Academy of Healing Arts from 1999 thru 2007.

She began working with watercolor in 1991 and it continues to be her medium of choice. She is currently concentrating on transparent watercolor. She likes working with vibrant colors. Flowers are her favorite subject.

Darlene teaches classes in basic drawing, transparent watercolor painting, watercolor and collage, art as a healing tool, and creative art for children

Darlene joined the Visual Arts Society of Texas in 1995 and begin working in the local art community to help promote and develop the visual arts. She served as an officer in several capacities as will as President. She was Chairman of the Spring Exhibition for 3 years and Chairman of the Members Only Exhibition for 2 years. She also served on the Texas Commission of the Arts for six months. She was also the Juror for the Children’s Art Project for the Denton School District for 3 years.

Darlene has participated in 22 juried exhibits in North Texas and 2 in Anchorage, Alaska. She has received 19 major awards including the Grumbacher National Gold Medal. Her work is in private collections in Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii, Texas, Washington D.C., and 4 paintings are in the Corporate Collection of Atlantic Richfield/British Petroleum. The last 3 years she has also joined in a venture with the Denton Poet’s Society interpreting 3 poems with paintings. All 3 poets were in the final stages of cancer. The paintings and poems have been shown in several exhibits in the area

Darlene creates for the challenge, mental stimulation and the pleasure it gives her.

She would like to explore working in oil medium and study formal portrait drawing and painting in the future, eventually becoming a portrait painter.: Watercolor, Oil and Mixed Media

Darlene began painting because she liked the creative process and the influence art has on our daily lives. She has been working with some type of medium since the l960s. Upon retirement, she began studying bodywork and art that is used as a compliment in the healing process for cancer recovery, grief counseling, and adult and children with mental and physical disabilities. She became an registered bodywork therapist in 1996 and worked as an independent therapist, and as an advanced bodywork and art therapy instructor at the Academy of Healing Arts from 1999 thru 2007.

She began working with watercolor in 1991 and it continues to be her medium of choice. She is currently concentrating on transparent watercolor. She likes working with vibrant colors. Flowers are her favorite subject.

Darlene teaches classes in basic drawing, transparent watercolor painting, watercolor and collage, art as a healing tool, and creative art for children

Darlene joined the Visual Arts Society of Texas in 1995 and begin working in the local art community to help promote and develop the visual arts. She served as an officer in several capacities as will as President. She was Chairman of the Spring Exhibition for 3 years and Chairman of the Members Only Exhibition for 2 years. She also served on the Texas Commission of the Arts for six months. She was also the Juror for the Children’s Art Project for the Denton School District.for 3 years.

Darlene has participated in 22 juried exhibits in North Texas and 2 in Anchorage, Alaska. She has received 19 major awards including the Grumbacher National Gold Medal. Her work is in private collections in Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii, Texas, Washington D.C., and 4 paintings are in the Corporate Collection of Atlantic Richfield/British Petroleum. The last 3 years she has also joined in a venture with the Denton Poet’s Society interpreting 3 poems with paintings. All 3 poets were in the final stages of cancer. The paintings and poems have been shown in several exhibits in the area

Darlene creates for the challenge, mental stimulation and the pleasure it gives her.

She would like to explore working in oil medium and study formal portrait drawing and painting in the future, eventually becoming a portrait painter.​

Media: Watercolor, Oil and Mixed Media

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