In a relatively short time Darren Roberts is emerging as one of New Zealands' most gifted traditional artists. He is sought after for the quality and mastery of his subjects - from wonderful plein-air studies to rich studio works.
Inspired by past Masters such as Sargent, Rembrandt, Bierstadt, and current Masters including Dennis Doheny, and Scott Burdick he strives to find the magic in the world around him in his Queenstown, Lakes District home. He can often be found on location, painting after a fresh snowfall, sketching or photographing new-born lambs, kids and fawn.
"My aim is to make the paint sing. I want the subject to jump off the canvas with life and colour and in the process give permanence to life's beautiful moments. I look for those rare combinations of fleeting light and form that epitomize the almost unbelievable grandeur and wonder of nature."
Born and raised in New Zealand’s' south, his love of art was evident from an early age. Hours spent sketching on the living room floor and art study at school hinted at his post-school transition into illustrating and graphic design.
A desire for a wider life experience led him on a journey, firstly to America, and subsequently to many other parts of the world.
"After travelling and living overseas in so many different places I've been drawn back to my spiritual home. My love of my life here flows into my painting and provides a joy and peacefulness I hope others see in my work.