Darden Smith

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Western Skies Lithographs

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Lyric/Paintings

One-of-a-kind custom pieces based on a lyric from one of my songs, with an image to match.

Image - All I Ever Wanted to Do Was Fly
From "Angel Flight"

Lyric/Paintings

The Habit of Noticing

Published in 2018, this collection is a manifesto on the value of a creative life, with stories on music, work, personal discovery, success, failure and reinvention. Illustrated with original art and photos.

Books

Drawing the World

My eye is drawn to people, buildings, objects, and the stories they tell. Sometimes the best way for me to see the world is to take a minute and put a pen to paper.

Image - Pigalle

People / Places / Things

WESTERN SKIES LITHOGRAPHS

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What Am I Doing?

I treat my visual art the same as writing a song: I’m here to tell a story, to find humor in the mundane, beauty in the rubble and grace of the overlooked detail.

And I’m not interested in exact replicas.
We already have that.

Darden’s work shows a sensibility of quiet noticing and subtle humor. His works are small jewels.

Katherine Brimberry - Flatbed Press, Austin, TX.

Darden’s drawings are simple but also very expressive, small fragments of life. They make me happy .

Tarka Kings - Artist, London, UK

Smith’s works remind us of our common humanity. It is not their technique that makes them so enchanting; it is the empathy that they express.

Mark Smith, PhD - Mark Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX.