Darlene Allison was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and is a member of the Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation, located on the western shores of Lake Manitoba. When she was a child her family moved to the West Coast. Raised in British Columbia, her passion for sculpture developed at a very young age after winning a bronze award for sculpture during an art competition in Seattle, U.S.A. Darlene is a self- taught artist, who has had no formal training in art. Darlene has produced art in many forms over thirty five years, She is gifted with a significant natural talent, and enjoys sharing and teaching her art with students. Darlene 's public art legacy stone sculpture; "Cherish the Day" a 150 lb etched sculpture, is located in City Hall , Maple Ridge, B.C. Canada. Darlene collects many of her soapstones in remote areas throughout B.C. Each of her sculptures are a one-of -a- kind original, and many are designed with her style of etched motifs, strongly influenced by NorthWest Coast designs and a blend of Ojibway designs. Darlene's sculptures have been exhibited in galleries throughout the lower mainland and are in private collections throughout British Columbia, Manitoba, and as far away as Australia. Darlene's aim is to evoke an emotion into the heart of the beholder, whether that feeling is euphoric or heart-rendering. She is also an accomplished clay sculptor, and has limited edition solid bronze sculptures available. Here she chooses a more realistic style in beautiful dramatic poses. Her subjects are the female fiqure which she has depicted illustrating " The Raw Emotions of Desperation " A dramatic contrast to her softer soapstone pieces. Darlene is a self -taught artist who draws, paints in oils and acrylics and has developed her own style in painting, whereby she has shared a few of her original paintings in the following gallery.