The use of color and texture in my work differs from many artists who are involved with a digital process. Instead of using color or texture filters, I use actual photographs that I shoot to create compositions.

My photographs focus on people who are posed in various positions, along with mannequins, signs, train cars, graffiti, urban walls, newspaper boxes, cracks in wooden walls, metal, worn and weathered painted walls, as well as old maps, and other Americana ephemera that I find on my travels. Close-up shots are usually done with a tripod and cable release for quality and clarity.

The colors in all of my photographs originate from my subjects. Numbers and rust often derive from train cars; letters and words come from signs and graffiti; and torn paper and pieces of posters are from urban poster walls.

After developing the images from raw digital files, I change a specific image to black-and- white. Thus begins a process of cut and paste that I have developed, using multiple images of close-ups of paint, followed by photographs of signs. Many other photos are added and overlapped.  Although I have used as few as 50 images to create an artwork, more often 200 or more photographs are used in this process. Daryl Thetford


Daryl Thetford’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States, including the Ormond Museum of Art in Ormond Beach, Florida; the Art Museum of the University of Memphis; and the Knoxville Museum of Art; the Alexandria Museum of Art in Louisiana; the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles; the Hunter Museum of Art in Chattanooga; the Mobile Museum of Art in Alabama; the Coffman Gallery at the University of Minnesota; and the Museum of Anthropology of the University of California-Cico.

Thetford has been commissioned by numerous public agencies and corporations, including the Chattanooga Parks and Recreation Department; the City of Loveland, Colorado; Des Moines Area Community College of Iowa; Sony Records in Nashville; Arrow Electronics and Dorsey and Whitney in Denver; the Mullins Group in Madison, Wisconsin; the Menard Financial Group in Houston; and the Utah Orthopedic Spine & Injury Center in Salt Lake City; Scripps Networks in Knoxville, Tennessee and Ryan Companies in Tampa, Florida.

In addition, his work is in public and corporate collections, including those of the Mayor’s Office, City of Hoover, Alabama; Penn College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania; the Texas Office of Tourism in Austin; Ryan Companies in Tampa, Florida; Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Sioux City, South Dakota, The Mullins Group in Madison, Wisconsin; KP Development in St Louis, Missouri,; Land Development Strategies in Kansas City, Missouri and Tanglewood Property Group, in Houston, Texas.click here to see CV and Full Listing of Exhibits and Commissions