Daryl Thetford’s use of color and texture in his work is different from many artists involved with any type of digital process. He does not use filters, but rather actual photographs to create compositions. Daryl takes the photographs, focusing on signs, train cars, graffiti, urban walls, newspaper boxes, cracks in old wooden walls, metal, worn and weathered painted walls, old maps, and other Americana. The colors in all of his photographs originate from the subjects; numbers and rust often derive from train cars, letters and words come from signs and graffiti.
After developing the images from raw digital files, Daryl alters a specific image to black and white, and then begins a process of cut and paste, using multiple close-up images of paint overlapped with photographs of signs. Several photographs are added and layered on top one another. Simple images use up to 20 photos while more complex images often consist of 75 or more.
Daryl holds a Bachelors from Union University and a Masters from Murrary State University. He has been awarded the Career Advancement Grant Create Here funded by the Lyndhurst Foundation, and his work is featured in many public and private collections across the country.