Darlene Allison

Region: Vancouver Coast & Mountains

Band Affiliation:
Sandy Bay
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Artist Statement

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1964, a year later I came to British Columbia were I was raised in the lower mainland . During the summer, my family and I would often visit close relatives in Manitoba and we would also explore many remote areas throughout British Columbia.
Over the years I have been inspired by the Manitoba Aboriginal Stone Sculptors, the Inuit carvings and the Haida Argillite carvings, as well as traditional Ojibwa art designs and traditional Northwest Coast art designs.
With a deep appreciation of the contrast and the beauty of both the prairies and the B.C. coast, I am inspired to create images that show the beauty of nature and wildlife. My paintings and sculptures are my own attempt to preserve a part of the beauty that is found in the wildlife on the coast and to share those images with all my relations. It is a great honor to share my art with others, and to reflect the beauty I see in nature through my art creations.


Darlene Allison was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1964. Darlene is a member of the Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation, located on the western shores of lake Manitoba.
Darlene is a self taught artist and has been creating art for over 35 years.
Self-taught in Oil & Acrylic painting, and Clay & Stone Sculpting. Darlene has been carving various types of Stone for over 20 years, some of which she has gathered from mountainous areas in northern British Columbia. All of Darlene's creations are handmade, one-of-a kind originals, many sculptures have etched designs.
Darlene studies the images both traditional Ojibway designs and compares them with traditional Northwest Coast Designs as a way of bringing the beauty of both ancient styles to her work.
Darlene has exhibited her sculptures in local galleries and her Legacy sculpture "Cherish the Day" can be found in Maple Ridge City Hall, Maple Ridge, British Columbia.

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