q)What is your name and what do you do?
a)My name is Jim Darling, and I’m a artist and designer.
q)When did you really get into art?
a)At the end of high school.
q)How did you come to the realization that you should try your luck at art on a more serious level?
a)This is an on going process... At various points you have to take the next jump. I feel like I make the decision to take art more serious every year or so. The first was probably making the decision to apply for the “advanced arts” class for my senior year of high school... Deciding on attending an art school for college was another. This December my wife and fellow artist Tina Darling (tindarling.com) are packing up and moving to a smaller town to concentrate on our upcoming shows without distractions. We plan on being nomadic and focused solely on our art for as long as the bank account will allow... We have been planning and saving for this step as best as we can.
q)How did you discover the particular style that you have?
a)It has evolved into what it is today.
It started as doodling in my room at home and grew from there. Getting to where my style is today was a slow but natural progression.
q)How would you describe your style?
a)Larger ideas that I try to boil down to a more simplistic and clear subject matter, juxtaposed by intricate detail.
q)Who or what influences your art?
a)My wife and other friends that I met in college are my biggest influences. Music is a huge influence on my work. Other than That I have a list of other artists that I admire, but I try to be influenced more by my friends, family and people who are closer to me.
q)How often do you create a new piece?
a)Right now I’m working with newer mediums, so about one or two fully polished pieces a month... But that number will increase largely as I ramp up for upcoming shows. As far as pen pieces... I draw almost every day.
q)What kind of success have you had with your art?
a)I’ve met a ton of great open minded and hard working people who have the same passion to create as I do.
q)What would be the ultimate goal for you and your art?
a)To financially be unconfined so that I can work freely on my art... That combined with spending time with friends & family and meeting new people.
q)What do you see as an accomplishment in the way of art?
a)Making things you are happy with.
q)What kind of message, if any, do you try to convey through your art?
a)I don’t try to have a direct message to often. I am more into setting a tone and showing people places or things living within that tone... Hopefully leaving people to experience the images for what they are... I hope that makes sense.
q)Sum up your art in one word.
q)Any additional comments?
a)(Feb. 5th 2009) - Small group show at Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art
(April 11th 2009) - Two person show with my wife Tina Darling at Open Space Gallery
(September 2009) - Small group show at TAG Gallery in