Michael Darin grew up out in the country near White Heath, IL. After attending Monticello High School, he set out for the University of Illinois to seek a BFA in Graphic Design. Darin has also worked as a paste-up artist, graphic designer, window display designer, floral designer, wine bar manager, and most recently, part-time goat farm tour guide, and university cultural institute coordinator. He is inspired by patterns in nature and the mundane, the overlooked and broken. Darin tries to see beauty in everything and likes to paint, make lightning fixtures out of found materials, and build things. His most recent art focuses on including, yet challenging, the viewer in ways that encourage contemplation beyond the moment.