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People, Places and Things: Oils by Darrell Gardner

Artwork by Darrel Gardner, a painter from Marceline, Mo., will be the highlight of The Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art starting in mid-January.

The exhibition, "People, Places and Things: Oils by Darrell Gardner," plus "Highlights of the Collection la Geist," will run from Jan. 18, through March 3. More than 30 pieces by Gardner will be on display in the gallery. A reception for the artist will be from 1:30-4:30 p.m., Jan. 23.Gardner

Also being displayed during the Gardner exhibition will be works from the gallery's permanent collection. These include a large oil on canvas painting of a New England harbor scene painted by Fern Isabel Coppedge (1883-1961); an oil on board painting by William Forsythe (1845-1935) titled "Portrait of Artist's Daughter"; and a replica of the Head of Saint Sebastian, a Roman Christian martyr of the third century, that was painted in the early 16th century by Italian artist "Sodoma" (Giovanni Antonio Bazzi).

Gardner started painting in 2003 when he took an interest in art and began taking a few workshops. Though he learned the basics from established artists at the workshops, Gardner considers himself to be mostly self-taught. He started off working with oils and tried a little work with pastels. "Today I just paint in oil. I have moved more and more to thicker paint with lots of texture," says Gardner.

Much of his work is of the Grand Canyon and the Southwest, "I strive to capture the feeling enjoyed while visiting a location either physically or mentally," Gardner says. In addition to using thick paint and heavy brush strokes, he likes to work with lots of color. He looks for subjects with brilliant colors and contrasts and prefers early morning and late evening light.

"I use a limited pallet of Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow and Ultramarine Blue," he notes. "On large paintings I add Cadmium Orange and Dioxazine Purple for the convenience. I first block in a section of the painting. Then, before any paint dries, I start adding layers and mixing the paint to some degree on the canvas itself."

Gardner says he has been influenced by Nicolai Fechin, Berger Sandzen and Monet. "I love Sergeant's figurative oil paintings, and any time I can, I see them in person," he adds. He says he has also been influenced most today by Scott Burdick and Dan Gerharts.

In addition to painting, Gardner and his wife own D-Books Publishing, where they have published approximately 600 coffee table books reflecting communities and community life.


You can visit the tours for both the featured show and the permanent collection show on iTunes U. The permanent collection show is also located on CMU's YouTube channel.