Darleen is an artist whose works include numerous mediums such as acrylics, mixed media, fiber art, wearable art, contemporary and ethnic jewelry.

In Moh'D Ali Dar with Student

Originally from California she is a graduate of the California State University of Long Beach with a degree in fine art. After university Darleen lived in South Lake Tahoe and traveled throughout California selling her fiber sculptures, batik paintings and hand dyed clothing as well as working on a California State funded Art in Public Places program.

Foreign cultures and their traditional designs have always influenced Darleen’s artistic expressions as well as leading her on a lifetime of living and working in far off places. Her first trip to Afghanistan was part of a year’s journey throughout the region studying women’s customs and their costumes, collecting textiles and learning from the women first hand about their lives. Working with women from around the globe and learning about their lives has given Darleen a unique opportunity to understand cultures many never visit.

In 1981 Darleen was offered a job to start an art program in a private school in the Yemen Arab Republic. During her five years in Yemen she produced her own art influenced by the unique architecture of Yemen and of Yemeni women wearing their regional, unique and distinctive costumes.

Fiber Art, Batik of Yemen Woman,
Batik of Architecture in Yemen

She exhibited throughout Yemen selling to diplomats and other westerners living and working in the country.

Since 1981 Darleen, and her husband Jan (who she met in Yemen), have lived and worked in numerous countries mostly in the Middle East. After Yemen they lived in Quetta, Baluchistan, Pakistan for five years where Darleen started a UN/State Department funded Afghan women’s income generation program focusing on the women’s extraordinary embroidery skills as a means to earn money to support their families.

Job opportunities took Darleen and her husband to live and work in other countries such as Poland, Central Asia, Jordan, Armenia and Romania. Darleen was able to use her designer and marketing skills to help artisans around the world improve their production skills to make items to sell locally. Many of the projects focused on improving entrepreneurial and business skills of rural and urban populations. Income creation has been a common theme of many of the long term projects she has worked on. During these years she also produced her own art exhibiting and selling in the countries where she lived and worked.

5 Yemeni Jebel Sabir women

Darleen’s latest development assistance consultancies in Afghanistan involved working for the United Nations and for an American NGO in training groups of women to improve their home based production skills in order to increase their sales within Afghanistan.

Darleen’s personal textile and mixed media work depicts her love of pattern, color, vibrant textures and reflects her past experiences of living and working in cultures where vibrant color and pattern dominate all forms of art.

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