Q&A with Daren Thomas Magee

Q&A with Daren Thomas Magee


This month we welcome back California-based illustrator Daren Thomas Magee.  Daren is inspired by the human condition and hopes that his art resonates within all who experience it.  He believes, “Gratitude is something that must be as ever present as possible.  The circle of gratitude must remain intact and never be broken.”

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?

Gratitude for everything is hugely important for me.  When I made this design I was feeling gratitude in all forms and I wanted to convey the way that that feeling can spiral around and around endlessly if you recognize it.

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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