Cole received her Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Queen's University, Kingston and her Masters of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Waterloo. Darlene Cole is a rapidly rising young talent with an impressive exhibition history and is represented in collections across the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom. From small oil on panel works to large-scale canvases, Cole captures loosely rendered moments in time. Her gestural brushstroke and curiously cropped imagery create both energy and tension. Cole almost always uses the figure. She is interested in what she perceives to be the disappearance of childhood, the loss of innocence and security. Although she sets up a narrative, Cole does not supply any solutions and it is this sense of mystery or secrecy that makes her painting intriguing.
Darlene Cole has been exhibiting with the Foster/White Gallery since 2005.