Darlyne Stewart was born in Victoria but spent much of her early childhood in England and Nova Scotia before returning to the west coast.
Her creative abilities first became evident at the age of seven. She designed and decorated a dollhouse out of wooden orange crates with cloth curtains and padded furniture. She later designed and built three more original dollhouses. She also created the dolls to live in these unique houses.
Darlyne continued to pursue her artistic passion doing makeup for theatre in Victoria, then moved to Vancouver working for CBC and other television stations. She went on to be employed in the film industry doing makeup and special effects. Her talents did not go unnoticed and she was offered an apprenticeship with Universal Studios in Los Angeles.
Instead, she chose to stay in Vancouver and create an interior decorating and design business, after taking both design and management courses at Langara College. Her clients in Vancouver, West Vancouver and Whistler benefited from her creativity and visual abilities.
Moving back to Victoria several years ago she found that her affinity with nature and the Celtic influence from her upbringing in England and Nova Scotia, led her to the world of Faefolk and Green Men which are well known all over Europe as the link between nature and mankind. She discovered that many foreign lands have documented their existence with magical tales and folklore that has been passed down over the centuries. Combining her sculpting talents with her creative abilities, Darlyne was able to bring these FaeFolk and Green Men to life.
Darlyne took her sculpting abilities further and now applies nature to canvas. Following the inspiration of an artist from Austria, she creates paintings with sculpting mediums and incorporating real live leaves and petals. This gives her abstract nature art a unique 3D affect, as well as adds dimension to her more realistic paintings.
Darlyne currently resides in Victoria. She works in her home studio which is filled with light and surrounded by greenery. Darlyne is passionate about her visual art and focuses on creating one of a kind, unique creatures and pieces that can bring smiles and joy to their new owners. She is a contributing member in the Victoria art community and sells her art through galleries, shows and online.