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Darren R. Rousar began studying representational art at age 16 with Annette LeSueur. He then studied privately with Richard Lack, at Atelier Lack, and after high school attended Atelier LeSueur. After four years at Atelier LeSueur he spent a year at Studio Cecil-Graves in Florence, Italy.

After a few years in Florida, and then back in Minnesota, Darren moved to Jerusalem, Israel in the Spring of 1995 to paint landscapes. Later that Summer, after leading a tour group of American art students through Italy, he accepted assistant director and instructor positions at Charles Cecil Studios in Florence.

In 1997 he moved back to Minnesota and became vice president of The Minnesota River School of Fine Art in Burnsville, a position he held until 2005. During his tenure at MRSFA, Darren and his wife Kathleen also led numerous group tours through Italy, London and Madrid.

Darren is currently an art teacher and technology coordinator/coach at Providence Academy in Plymouth, MN.

He has been a professional artist for more than 20 years, focusing mainly on Christian themes. He prefers to work directly from life and tends to make most of his materials, from lead-primed linen to hand-mulled oil paint.

Darren is also the author of three books, Cast Drawing Using the Sight-Size Approach and Cast Painting Using the Sight-Size Approach and Memory Drawing: Perceptual Training and Recall as well as the producer of a companion DVD, Sight-Size and the Art of Seeing.

Through his company, Velatura Press, he republished an expanded edition of E.G. Lutz’s 1921 book, Drawing Made Easy and edited a combined reprint of Asher B. Durand’s 1855, Letters on Landscape Painting, with Birge Harrison’s 1910, Landscape Painting.

About this Blog

  • Home is the main landing page and blog.
  • The About page, this is where you currently are.
  • The Gallery page displays a small selection of my paintings.
  • The Sight-Size page is where I write about the subject of two of my books.
  • Memory Drawing is an in depth look at memory drawing, the subject of my latest book. It is also the home of my free, weekly memory drawing exercises.
  • Finally, there’s the Photos page, which is a random selection of my favorite photographs.