I want to welcome you into my world, where my Goal is to inspire you and teach you to see your subjects and express your art to a whole new level of expression. I have the passion along with over 50 years of experience that I want to share with you, so that you can improve and even excel to levels that you may have never imagined possible! You take the initiative by taking the step that will get you started and I will help you continue moving forward as you continue to improve your skills. If you are an experienced professional, or you are an absolute beginner, you can improve your ability and have more fun and satisfaction as you express yourself and the subjects you choose to draw!!!


Some of Darrel Tank’s earliest memories of art are drawing pictures with his mother. She encouraged his creativity, which was apparent even as a very small child.

While growing up, he often spent his afternoons at the publishing house where his Father was the head photographer. The work of the illustrators there particularly facinated him, and he began to dream of pursuing a career in art. He was able to accomplish that dream in the late seventies.

Darrel has exhibited and received honors at numerous art shows with his sensitive approach to portraiture. His photo-realistic style shows remarkable attention to fine detail and captures the emotion of the moment. His repertoire includes black and white pencil renderings, color pencil, gouache, airbrush paintings and computer illustrations.

His work has earned Darrel the respect and admiration of both advertising, editorial, and fine art directors throughout the country, with his artwork being published in over 400 books, magazines, advertising, and prints. Today, the award-winning artist resides in rural Idaho. Darrel’s greatest reward comes from knowing that people have been inspired and encouraged by his artwork.

Corporate Collections and Commerical Clients

  • Albertson’s, Inc.
  • Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc.
  • Spectrum Naturals
  • Kraft General Foods
  • Salvation Army
  • PG&E- Pacific Gas and Electric
  • US West
  • Boise Cascade
  • State of Idaho
  • Dryers Ice Cream
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Micron
  • Sutter Home
  • St. Chapelle
  • American Festival Ballet
  • Ore-Ida
  • Weight Watchers
  • Simplot
  • Idaho Power
  • Whitman’s Chocolate
  • Stone Mills
  • Morrison Knudsen