Darren Maurer Biography

Portrait of an Midwestern Fine Artist

 

Darren grew up in Grand Island, Nebraska where he spent much of his time out of doors in a small town atmosphere. The brisk winter evenings and the drowsy summer afternoons left strong Midwestern rural influences on him and show in his work today.

    Here in the world of paint and brush, Darren's experiences are portrayed in the images that he creates. His paintings have been published in numerous national magazines and are available in limited edition prints as well as commissioned originals. These stirring scenes are quickly becoming widespread favorites in the homes and offices of people, who like Darren himself, share the love of the outdoors. Often these images recall an earlier time and an easier pace as they show the rich history of rural America.

  Today, Darren lives with his wife and children in Sioux City, Iowa. Here, one can see from the bluffs above the Missouri River, a great panorama of hill and plain. The land stretches on into the distance and changes with the changing of the seasons, but the vision of this special artist remains the same; to bring to his work the essence of home.

     In the artist's own words:

          By painting what I know and striving to capture what I see, my goal is always to create a mood or a feeling for the viewer. Hopefully, with my help, something can be seen in a way that it has never been seen before.

 


Darren Maurer is a nationally recognized artist/illustrator. His paintings have been published in numerous national magazines and are available in limited edition prints as well as commissioned originals. Maurer has placed in the upper echelon of the prestigious Federal Duck Stamp Contest since first entering the contest four years ago. Maurer has the honor of winning first and second place in the nationwide Iowa Duck Stamp Contest. The winning entry, a snow goose in flight over a harvested Iowa cornfield, will be produced as the State Duck Stamp for the year 2001.  Ducks Unlimited of Iowa will release the limited edition sponsor print of the image for the same year. Maurer entered two paintings in the competition and was informed that not only did he paint the winning design but his other entry, a pair of green-winged teal, had placed second in the competition.

Maurer has also been selected by Ducks Unlimited of Iowa to complete a painting of a songbird to serve as a companion print to the winning sponsor print. Maurer holds an unprecedented honor of having painted the winning Ducks Unlimited sponsor design along with painting its ever popular companion songbird print during the same year.  

Darren lives with his wife and children in Sioux City, Iowa.  

 


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