Darrel graduated from Douglas College in 1977 and then took postgraduate work from Emily Carr College of Design in 1980 majoring in ceramics.
For 5 years from 1980 to 1985 Darrel set up and managed a studio, (Mainstream Pottery) which sold his work across B.C. and Alberta.
Darrel has taught pottery at the Shadbolt Institute, Plas Des Arts and the Surrey Arts Center.
Most of the pottery that Darrel makes uses very white porcellaneous clay. They are first fired to 1800F to a bisque stage then decorated with various colored oxides, glazed and fired to 2300 F. All items are stoneware, safe for the oven, microwave, dishwasher and are lead free.
The brushwork decoration is carried out with various sized and types of brushes. Most of the brushwork decoration is a depiction of plants, birds or animals drawing upon historical and contemporary points of reference for inspiration.