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Darlene's work utilizes synthesis or stylization - an approach that came into Eurocentric art from Japan in the mid 1800's. Many of Canada's great landscape painters (Lawren Harris being an obvious example) have done this. Darlene makes her approach her own by using strong (high key) colour and uniting smaller shapes into larger more powerful areas by controlling her values.
Her love of the beauty available in the Canadian landscape is clear. What is especially impressive is that she has developed a unique very personal approach that feels Canadian.