About Daryl & Vicki Lamb
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Vicki has actively painted in various mediums since the age of fifteen. She has traveled the world with her husband while he was serving in the U.S. Air Force. They were able to travel to Europe and toured castles, German cities and Museums in Luxembourg and France (including the Musée du Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris). Vicki began selling her artwork to friends, both American and German and enter contests on the Air base. It was in Germany that she entered her first art contest-placing first place for a watercolor of her grandfather. This painting was then sent to compete in the US Air Forces-European division art contest (held in England), where it placed third.
She continued to grow through self-study but had hit a roadblock in her creative endeavors; thus, she entered college at Dallas Baptist University in 2008, as an adult student. She completed her Bachelors in 2010; then taking a break and working as a custom framer for four years before deciding to continue for her Masters, which she completed in 2016. Her seven-year Framing career during this time taught her valuable lessons in presentation and preservation of Art. She credits her work toward her Master’s as valuable training that has enabled her to work in various mediums, bringing each piece to a professional quality finish. Through perseverance and a willingness to be a lifelong learner Vicki continues her work with a stubborn determination to look and find beauty either externally or internally and to seek out opportunities to share that beauty with others.
Daryl R. Lamb has been drawing since childhood. An early drawing of his uncle was returned to him after the uncle’s death, but Star Wars characters were his most frequent subject. He fondly remembers being taught paper Mache and linoleum block printing in elementary art class, encouraging his creativity and sense of wonder. As a young adult, he would draw from Civil War magazines, copying the scenes in pencil. He was encouraged by his wife to try painting, so he began copying various master works. Among them: “Alice Vanderbilt Shepard” – John Singer Sargent 1888, “Leisure Time” – Everett Millais 1864, “The Descent From The Cross” – Jean Jouvenet 1697, and Rembrandt van Rijn’s “Bust of a Laughing Man in a Gorget”, 1627-28. He was stationed in Germany in the 90’s, where he and his wife were able to visit the Louvre and the d’Orsay Museums in Paris. While stationed in Germany, he traveled to Luxembourg, Denmark, and Italy, witnessing the European landscapes and museums.
When he moved to Fort Worth, Texas, he continued to draw, but mostly caricatures, and cartoon characters. He continued coping master’s works, but found himself doing self-portraits and family portraits and developing his own painting style. He visited the local galleries and would visit the Amon Carter regularly admiring the Sargent painting. He was approached by a friend to paint a picture of her late mother. The 8x10 portrait was simple, but a vibrant rendition of her mother. She stated that he had captured her mother so clearly, though he had never met her; she was thrilled with the portrait—which inspired Daryl to seek out more subjects to paint. Shortly afterward that commission, a woman had seen that painting in the woman’s home and asked if Daryl could do a painting of her own late mother. The result was a breakthrough for Daryl. He fully applied his own method and style, instead of a copied style. The subject’s expression caused him to adore the painting. The customer was unwilling to pay once the painting was complete, which made Daryl extremely happy since he had come to adore the portrait. He now keeps the painting in his private collection, and even entered it in a contest and won honorable mention.
Though He continues to grow and produce other subjects such as pets and landscapes - he realizes that he prefers painting people. He now applies his own techniques and those developed from copying to his portraits. While at first his commissioned work primarily consisted of requests for memorial paintings, he has gone on to add Wedding portraits, Pet portraits and family portraits(living) to his continuing growing list of commissions.