Darlene Raes' feathers are commercially cleaned and dyed domestic turkey feathers. She uses a museum quality spray varnish before she hand paints each feather. Her medium is acrylic and gouache (an opaque watercolor). She first applies the acrylic paint which helps as a base for the qouache, then she applies layers of qouache working from dark to light. This allows Darlene to fill in the feather while adding highlights to the piece. She uses rough cut lumber to make the shadow box frames and she mattes each piece to enhance the art work. The feather is then varnished for the final time. The etherial quality of the feather and the rough cut lumber frames complement one another creating a proffesional presentation of her work. The inspiration for her art was her grandmother's art, who depicted her life as a trick rider for the "101 Real Wild West Show" and her life in the 1800's. Darlene has been painting feathers for over 20 years and is happy to have found a unique canvas for her art, and we hope that you will enjoy them as much as she does.