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Darrell White
Fine Art & Illustration

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The Signalman

HMAS Swan crashes through the Southern Ocean as the 10-inch light calls out to HMAS Torrens. Preview of what is to be released in October

The Signalman

Client: Personal

This is a personal piece that was entered in the Australian Society of Marine Artists' 20th Anniversary Exhibition in Sydney, 14 October 2016.

One of my favorite memories from serving in the Royal Australian Navy is a time on HMAS Swan. We were in the Southern Ocean, in company with HMAS Torrens, and it was a very rough day!

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I was on watch and there wasn’t much to do until the Officer of the Watch handed me a signal to send to Torrens. I was about to reach for the voice radio, then thought “no, that’s too easy”. I went out onto the bridge wing, fired up the 10-inch light and called up Torrens.

The signalman on Torrens must have been very unhappy, being called out of a nice warm bridge. As I was sending the signal, I could feel the ship rise over the crest of a wave and I knew we where about to 'dig' into the next one.

As the ship did, a mass of water burst into the air and I remember a wall of spray passing over me as I sent the signal. I often wondered what the view would have been like from Torrens. This painting is an attempt to visualise that moment.

Prints available

small image of the print of The Signalman which includes crossed Juliets and HMAS Swan crest

Price: $95.00 NZD + postage

Dimensions: Image is 65cm X 32.5cm plus border and title area.

Details: 310gsm high quality paper, the title is accompanied with 'crossed Juliets' (Signalmans rate badge) and HMAS Swan crest.

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Carrick Station

Carrick Station in Central Otago, New Zealand

Carrick Station

Client: Personal

This one is for my Mum. Carrick Station used to be owned by her uncle and she has fond memories of visiting the station when she was very young. She has been asking me for ages to draw Carrick Station, but I've gone one better.

When I was talking to her about it, she remembered flowers out the front, so I've painted her standing in the drive way after picking a couple of nice roses for herself. Cousins can be seen running towards her, and other family members are in the background.

Sunset over Makara

The sun sets over Makara Peak sending fingers of light over Karori

Sunset over Makara

Client: Personal

This is the view out of our font door on a clear spring evening, something I wanted to capture for a while.

There was no time to get the painting professionally photographed before handing it into the gallery, but you can just make out a Tui flying between the trees. I spent a good 15 minutes trying to get a photo of the birds chasing bugs, as their wings were highlighted by intesity of the setting sun. A magic site to simply watch and enjoy.

Run away Dragon

A boy punches the air in defiance as he wrestles with a dragon made of wood and brass

Run away Dragon

Client: Personal

Train study

Trains, influenced from the movie Unstoppable

Train study

Client: Personal

Inspired from a scene near the start of the movie "Unstoppable".

Farewell Sydney

HMAS Sydney II sails out of Fremantle inner harbour

Farewell Sydney

Client: West Australian Cricket Association

HMAS Sydney II departs Fremantle inner harbour.

It is a serene scene looking over Fremantle from North Mole. Wharfies taking time out to fish are joined by a woman and child to watch the sleek lines of HMAS Sydney slip by, her crew lining the decks.

At a dedication ceremony at the WACA, the painting was unveiled 11 November 2011 to coincide with the day, 70 years ago, Sydney departed from Fremantle.

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It’s a clear November morning and Sydney has left H wharf and is sailing out to a buoy in the outer harbour. She leaves behind Fremantle port as it begins to buzz with its daily activity.

MS Charon, berthed alongside B shed, takes on stores as the smoke from a steam train at Fremantle Station drifts over the neighbouring buildings. In the distance, the memorial on Monument Hill catches the morning light as it watches over the town of Fremantle as it prepares for the commemoration of Armistice Day, 11 November 1941.

The painting was commissioned by the West Australian Cricket Association (WACA) to form part of their HMAS Sydney II Commemorative Display.

Artists statement

My intention was to create a piece that conveys an emotional sense of what was happening the day Sydney sailed, as historically accurate as possible.

With our knowledge of the events that were about to unfold, the juxtaposition of Sydney and a typical day in Fremantle creates tension in the viewer. We can also admire the ship and her company for the courage and inspiration they gave to the Australian people in the early war years, becoming a symbol of strength in an increasingly turbulent time.

Final escort

HMAS Sydney II is escorted by seagulls coming to life from the Dome of Souls

Final escort

Client: Geraldton Navy Cadets - fund raiser.

HMAS Sydney II sails towards the sunset as the gulls from the Dome of Souls come to life and escort the light cruiser on her last voyage.

Created for TS Morrow, Geraldton Navy Cadets, to comemorate the finding of the Sydney II and the Kormoran. The original was raffled to raise funds for the Cadets.

Yvonne

Yvonne at anchor with girl swimming in water

Yvonne

Client: Private commission

No time for thoughts of home

HMAS Sydney IV

No thoughts of home

Client: Personal

HMAS Sydney FFG 03

Specials have fallen out, watches have closed up and it's down to business. Flag Hotel is brought to the dip in preparation for helicopter operations as HMAS Sydney steams away from the city of her namesake.

Crossing Neptune's Realm

HMAS Stuart at sea

Crossing Neptune's Realm

Client: Personal

HMAS Stuart D48 cruising "up top".

One of my 19 or so pencil works depicting Royal Australian Navy ships or World War II bombers.

Big John

USS John F. Kennedy lauches Puk'in Dog F-14 Tomcat

Big John

Client: Personal

USS John F. Kennedy CVN 79.

During Gulf operations, a Gruman F-14 Tomcat of the Pukin' Dogs squadron is catapulted from her deck.

Le Naturaliste off Jurien Bay

Le Naturaliste off Jurien Bay 1801

Le Naturaliste off Jurien Bay

Client: Private commission

A commissioned piece portraying the French Corvette Naturaliste off Jurien Bay, Western Australia, during the Baudin expedition in 1801.

The original artwork measures 150cm X 90cm

If you have any queries about any of my works, please contact me.

Exmouth Sprayground signage

Spray ground activity signSpray ground welcome signKids playround tumbler with Thorny Devil

Exmouth Sprayground signage

Client: Department of Parks and Wildlife, Western Australia

The brief was to create signage for the Exmouth Sprayground, plus photo panels and tumbler illustrations for children to interact with.

About Darrell

Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Darrell moved to Perth in the mid-1980s with his family. Although he had a passion for drawing and painting from an early age, he followed in his parents’ footsteps and pursued a career in the Navy.

As a signalman, Darrell served on several Australian Naval ships, including HMAS Westralia and HMAS Swan. In between watches, Darrell continued with his passion for drawing, leading him to produce art works frequently mistaken for photographs. One of his first photo-realistic pencil drawings was of HMNZS Waikato, a ship that is close to his family’s heart; his father was part of the commissioning crew and both Darrell and his brother were christened on-board.

After leaving the Navy in 1997, Darrell traveled throughout Europe and the UK, returning to Australia to enroll at the WA School of Art, Design and Media. Graduating in 2002 with an Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design and Multimedia, Darrell continued with his drawing and expanding his range of prints.

Over the years he moved from pencil to oils and acrylics. The National Maritime Museum of Australia purchased two of his pencil drawings for their collection. The West Australian Cricket Association commissioned an oil painting of HMAS Sydney II, as part of their ‘Lest we forget’ display. This painting has subsequently appeared in several publications on the Sydney.

Another side of his work includes a large range of illustrations for the Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation. These adorn promotional material, activity books for kids, signage and even playground equipment.

Darrell now resides in Wellington, New Zealand with his wife and son and continues to produce works for Australasian clients.