education to work in Minneapolis, Minnesota were he worked as an Illustrator for 5 years. He considered this position to be further training, having the opportunity to work under these seasoned illustrators with years of experience. "It was during this time I began pursuing a second career as a fine artist."
His career hit the ground running in 1987, after winning two national stamp competitions for the state of Minnesota, and Idaho. He then began his career as a full time painter in 1989. Today there are nearly 100 images in print.
Darrell's success continued when he was named among America's 12 most popular artist by four different national art publications. Art publications like USArt magazine conducted these polls annually by surveying North American art galleries, and placed Darrell with high rankings for several years. The same publication named him a Rising Star in 1995.
Inform Art magazine named him one of the Top Ten Hottest New Artist in 1994. Darrell" work has also been juried into many fine art shows where he has received several "Best of Show" awards. In 1997, Darrell was named "Artist of the Year" at the Wildlife, Western, and Americana Art Show in Minneapolis, MN.
Two of his lithographs hang in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and his work was also part of a special reception at the prestigious Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Actor Burt Reynolds and celebrity animal expert Jack Hanna also own his work. Several large corporations like Cabela's, John Deere and the Uline company have also collected and used Darrells art.
Darrell has also contributed several print editions to The Boy Scouts of America fund-raising programs. In addition, a number of conservation organizations have also benefited from his generosity including The National Fish and Wildlife Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever and The National Wild Turkey Federation. The publications Wildlife Art, U.S. Art, Inform Art, Midwest Today, Minnesota Water fowler, and Cabela's have all featured Darrell Bush's art.