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Darlene Klister

"For many years I allowed life to get in the way of my passion for creating, until I finally decided art (in any form) was what I wanted to do and nothing has gotten in my way since! Creating art feeds my soul and living in the Northwest feeds my inspiration and passion to create art. It's a win-win place to live for me!"

Darlene's love of nature, respect for the environment and life comes through in her watercolor paintings, drawings, and jewelry. The colors and textures of the Pacific Northwest are inspirations for her works. Art in one form or another has been a part of her life since she was growing up in the San Francisco Bay area. She has always been fascinated with using color, shape and texture in painting or in three-dimensional art. Her love of animals comes through in her paintings of them. "I love painting animal portraits. I like to meet the animal, take a lot of photographs, experience the animal's personality, favorite hang-outs, toys. Then I use these elements to create a painting that contains the essence of the cat, dog, or whatever animal I'm bringing alive through paint on paper." She also enjoys painting nautical scenes; especially wooden boats that she feels have warmth and a sense of life.

FireLight Designs also offers one of a kind jewelry Darlene designs. Whether it is a necklace, bracelet, earrings, anklets or another wearable creation, no other person will own such a uniquely designed piece of art. "I bring the color, texture and design from my paintings into my jewelry designs. I combine elements in ways you won't see in other jewelry."

Until recently Darlene owned and operated a little shop in downtown Anacortes called, what else but "FireLight Designs". It was fun, and with her full time paralegal position, found herself working 7 days a week. That didn't leave much time for family, friends, fun or creativity! So, she closed the shop and now has an art studio at her home where she creates, gives classes and sells her work. This allows her more time for everything she enjoys doing!

She obtained a bachelors degree cum laude in art history and philosophy from San Francisco State University, has studied botanical illustration, and has participated in numerous painting workshops along the way. Memberships include past president of the Spokane Watercolor Society, the Northwest Watercolor Society, the Skagit Art Association, and Allied Arts of Whatcom County. FireLight Designs is a business Darlene started in 2001.

You can find Darlene's paintings and jewelry at her studio on Guemes Island in the San Juan Islands, and in art shows around the Pacific Northwest. Click on the following link to view upcoming shows: Events.

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Original watercolor paintings and prints/Jewelry Design by artist Darlene Klister
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