Darryn Eggleton - Episode 135

“You’ve got to have that desire to do something that not everyone is going to believe in. You’ve got to be able to pursue it no matter what anyone says.

To become an artist, you’ve got to really believe in what you’re doing in order for other people to believe it as well”

Sometimes you have to step back in admiration at what your friends have achieved. There is nothing better than feeling proud of a friend who is literally worldclass at their chosen art.

Darryn Eggleton, is an old school friend of mine, who draws and paints the most magnificent life-like wildlife art.

His story of becoming a fine artist is one of pure hard work and believing in himself and his amazing talent. Littered with plenty of ups and down, self-doubt, but also life-changing moments.

Discussion Topics: What you will discover from listening to this Podcast:

  • Reminiscing our High School years
  • How he became an artist
  • How he honed his artistic skills
  • Why he spends most of his time painting an animals eyes
  • Rebelliousness
  • How art helps define and shape society
  • Why our systems destroy creativity
  • Treating your talent as a daily commitment
  • His first commissioned painting
  • What gave him his self belief
  • A life changing trajectory moment
  • The primitiveness of the African bush
  • Dealing with rejection
  • Working hard to define your ambition
  • Using feedback to define your style
  • His painting process
  • Dealing with distractions
  • The flow state of painting
  • Dealing with isolation
  • Making a living as a full-time artist
  • Understanding colours is the essence of fine art


I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

Your fellow being



Background, Context & Reference

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Discussion Links

National Gallery, London

Nature in Art Museum, Gloucester

Leopard Creek Golf Estate

Clarendon Fine Art

Books Mentioned:

Steal Like An Artist, Austin Kleon

Music By

Matthew Parker

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