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
Sutter Home
St. Chapelle
American Festival Ballet
Weight Watchers
Idaho Power
Whitman’s Chocolate
Stone Mills
Morrison Knudsen