This month’s art is by California-based illustrationist, Daren Thomas Magee. Daren is inspired by the human condition and hopes that his art resonates within all who experience it. He believes, "Tracing back far enough we’re all kin. It's vitally important to remember that as much as possible. It can provide a deeper sense of empathy for our fellow humans."

Daren Thomas Magee

For a little more about Daren, here's a short Q&A! 

Where is home for you?

The beautiful Valley of the Moon, Ojai, California.

What is your definition of a successful life?

A successful life is one where you had the ability and space to express yourself fully without restraints or restrictions.

Describe your perfect day.

Early morning coffee. Create art. Spend quality time with my family. Go to bed peacefully with nothing weighing on my conscience. 

How did you get into design?

I’ve always had an interest in how design influences our world. I started arranging things at an early age and delivered them to the world in whatever form I could accomplish. Having no classical training I’ve never been bound by any preset rules of the industry. 

Where do you find inspiration?

Nature provides the greatest inspiration to me. It has no ego and exists purely based on how it best fits in its environment.

What's your dream design project?

Something huge, like billboard size!

Which designers or thinkers influence/inspire you?

Terrence McKenna and his willingness to explore the depths of his conscience has been an inspiration to me for a long time.

What was the inspiration behind this design?

I work with hands a lot. They are the most versatile tool in the animal kingdom. I am so grateful for their endless abilities and love finding new ways to use them in design.

At the moment, what is your favorite…

Color: Army Green

Food: Sushi

Song: ‘Around the Horn’ by Phosphorescent

Quote: “You don't look out there for God, something in the sky, you look in you.” -Alan Watts

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