Dad. Hubby. Veteran. Son. Designer. Builder. Believer of humanity. I started woodworking with my parents as a kid in Northern California. My dad did some projects around our house and taught me the basics of building, but my mom was the crafty, artistic one. She was a banker by day and a seamstress/painter/chef/biker after hours. She enlisted me to build some wooden things for her craft business. I was 14 then, and now after all their guidance, 6 years in the U.S. Navy, 2 tours cross-country on my motorcycles (more soon to come), 2 awesome sons, and a wife who inspires me to do my best everyday (and correct me if I'm wrong, but I think she's the real brains of this whole operation), I am still passionate about this ancient art/science of woodworking. New Orleans is where I've called home since July of 1997 and love it or hate it, this is home!
Daren Sumrow is a New Orleans artist living and working in the Uptown neighborhood.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
functional, unique, art
Describe yourself in one word.
What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work? I look around me every day and see beautiful things built by man before electricity, pneumatic tools, and laser beams. Then I use their approach using minimal shop tools to accomplish that real craftsman look and feel.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece? I draw out each piece according to the required detail and intricacy so that I have a foundation to build from, then I embellish from there.
Where do you draw inspiration? Sometimes my wife, sometimes my children, sometimes my motorcycle.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work? Metallica- "Wherever I may Roam"
Where can we find you when you are not creating art? With my wife and kids getting inspiration to make something else!
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year? Sunset, March
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact. I find my most peaceful moments inside my helmet with no distractions from the outside world while on my motorcycle.
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Where You Can Find My Work
All works listed online are available to be viewed at Where Y’Art Gallery by appointment.
The Historic New Orleans Collection Gift Shop
Freret Street Market
Commercial Woodworking :
The Ruby Slipper Cafes - 200 Magazine Street, 1005 Canal Street, 2001 Burgundy Street - New Orleans, LA
Audubon Zoo - The Asia Exhibit