Colin Darke

Colin Darke

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My name is Colin Darke, and I am passionate about helping people use art to slow down and find joy in their lives.  I juggle a lot — father of three and husband of one (a Harvard trained doctor); an executive of a growing fintech company (RocketLoans) and adviser to companies within the Quicken Loans family of companies; the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Online Lending Policy Institute (a policy think-tank I helped form); and on the Board of the Detroit Artists Market.  I say yes to a lot of roles, and speaking engagements, and leadership opportunities, and mentoring roles.  I have a daily art practice and a daily learning practice (listening to books on tape and podcasts and reading, a lot).

Most importantly, while I juggle a lot, I am am not overly stressed and I truly am able to not sweat the small stuff.  I firmly believe this is because of my lifelong art practice.  I have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember.  My mom was an artist and my older sister, Kelly, is also an artist.  We have been collaborating for years, and recently we have started to focus on how we can use what we have learned and what we have observed to help others.

The Mindful Art Center (MAC) is an art therapy studio in Livonia, Michigan (hopefully moving to Detroit soon). At MAC, my sister Kelly Darke helps individuals through art therapy sessions, group workshops, and self-care workshops. She is expanding her important work beyond the walls of MAC.

In an effort to assist Kelly’s efforts, I am giving a portion of proceeds of anything I sell on this site to MAC to allow it to better meet its mission.


Art in the City: Detroit Visionaries

September 19, 2017

I was honored to be a part of The Carr Center Gallery’s first group show at its new location in the heart of Detroit– Art in the City: Detroit Visionaries.  The artists participating were, among others, Colin Darke, Lazar Favors, Tyrone Dickey, Priscilla Phifer, Judy Bowman, Nathaniel Haris Muhammad, Onzie Deandre Norman, Margarita Beale, Anna Schaap, and Kelly Darke (my sister and collaborator).

Geno Harris was recently named curator for The Carr Center’s downtown hub at 1505 Woodward Ave.  This gallery space is amazing, and with this show Geno said, “With Detroit Visionaries I wanted to combine artists from different disciplines and stages in their careers and in doing so it has given way to an exuberant mix of original works that are meaningful and thought provoking very much in keeping with the Carr Center’s new mantra: Inspire. Entertain. Challenge. Educate.”

Fun video from opening night!

Looking at Yesterday

September 15, 2017


“Looking at Yesterday”

12” x 12”

Watercolor on paper


Trapped Bird

September 15, 2017

“Trapped Bird,” 12″ x 12″

Watercolor on paper.


Hope and Stillness

September 15, 2017


“Hope + Stillness,” 6″ x 6″, Gouache on board

This was part of a series of painting that I did called, “Hope against Odds.”   In 2010, a companion piece to this one was juried into a highly competitive are show in New York Cite– the 18th Annual National Juried Exhibition at the Bowery Gallery, and the Juror was a 2009 MacArthur Fellow (Rackstraw Downes).

Hope Against Odds

September 15, 2017

“Hope Against Odds,” 6″ x 6″

Gouache on board

Hope against Odds (sold)



September 15, 2017

Fear (sold)


22″ x 30″ , watercolor on paper

Currently showing at The Carr Center’s

Art in the City: Detroit Visionaries



September 12, 2017

“Gibberish” 24″ x 18″

Acrylic on board (and acrylic pen)



Gibberish inspired by the Mad Hare in Alice in Wonderland. The hummingbird in the background is a motif from my Hope Against Odds series.