Darlene began her love of art in the early 1990s after taking a Folk Art course in the basement of a small retail store in Cobourg. Since then, she has been an avid student learning as much as possible about the different mediums, The Masters and everything else to do with art.
Darlene has studied with several professional artists and has taken many courses at the Haliburton School of Art.
While perfecting her craft, Darlene became aware that the area desperately needed a source for artists to purchase their supplies. Being at a crossroad in her life, Darlene opened an art supply store. The Painted Tree not only provides a place for artists to buy art supplies but also functions as a gallery, an art school and a framing centre.
Although busy with the daily operation of the store, Darlene still makes time to paint and undertake commissioned work regularly.