Today we’d like to introduce you to Darren Vorel.
Darren, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’ve always looked at the world as a work of art. My eyes are constantly telling my brain that what they’re viewing is extraordinary. As a kid, I used to marvel at the painting(s) my Mother and Grandmother would create. I wanted to be just like them. Special and unique. As I got older, I was introduced to music, film, and photography. I started to see that art is so much more than just a paint brush and canvas. In my life, I make an effort to be active in all of the art forms that interest and inspire me. I know I’ve been given a gift and it’s my responsibility to use it.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I create on multiple platforms for a myriad of reasons. I’m a musician, so if I have something I want to say I’ll write a song. If I have something I want to express, I’ll paint a picture. If I simply want to capture life’s moments, I’ll take a picture or video.
There’s many ways to express yourself. I’m fortunate to have a lot of outlets. I’ve performed in many bands throughout the years. My current group is called “TLB” and we just put out our debut album. I also stay active in recording solo material. I released a couple albums under my own name this year as well.
Last December I put on my first art show. I displayed 40+ drawings and paintings I created over the past 3 years. It was one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of my life.
Recently, I’ve been on the road with my friends The Plain White T’s capturing photos and videos for their social platforms. It’s something new and uncomfortable for me and that’s why I’m doing it.
For over 10 years I’ve managed and run an advertising agency called Crest Communications, Inc. As the Executive art director, I get to use my gifts every day. I hang out with other artists in and out of the agency to produce branded campaigns for some of the most amazing and unique clients.
With anything I produce, the goal is to inspire and invoke emotions. To bring up thoughts or feelings that someone can really absorb and be involved with.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
I’ve never thought too deeply about success. I find greater reward in the work than in the finish line.
As someone who puts a lot of myself out there, I’ve come to understand that not everything I do is for everyone. That’s ok, and that will never stop me. Sometimes success is simply about sticking around during whatever adversities come your way. It’s important to believe in yourself and the distinctive originality of your work.
To date I’ve toured the US + UK with the songs I’ve written. I’ve exhibited my paintings, photos, and drawings on gallery walls. My work lives online and in many homes across the world.
No amount of money could make me feel better than seeing something I’ve created find its way to someone who loves it and shares it.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
As of today, most of my work can be seen online or at a concert. After my last art show, I’ve had to spend a lot of time producing the work. There are multiple albums and art works being created behind the scenes. I’ll have much more to push out next year when it’s all put together.
I have paintings for sale online, as well as albums you can buy or stream.
- Website: www.darrenvorel.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/darrenvorel/
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/darren.vorel
- Twitter: @darrenvorel
- Other: www.tlbkicksass.com