In Pictures: Artist from Chichester hits the city

Chichester plein air painter Darren Patrick O’Mally shares his story about how he got into art.
Art in motion: Darren Patrick O’Mally capturing the small details of the high streets of Chichester.Art in motion: Darren Patrick O’Mally capturing the small details of the high streets of Chichester.
Art in motion: Darren Patrick O’Mally capturing the small details of the high streets of Chichester.

Darren Patrick O’Mally spent 30 years working in the NHS before deciding to take on painting as a full-time career. In the two years he’s been a professional artist, he’s done a combination of plein air painting, general commission and replica art.

He said: “My grandfather got me into painting when I was seven years old. He was a very talented artist. He got the oil and led paintings out for me at that young age. I don’t think they’d have kids painting with spirits or anything like that nowadays!

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"After that time at the NHS I wanted to pack in the normal nine to five job. I really wanted to do something that I wanted. I’d already done some murals for restaurants, such as Muchos Nachos in Chichester and wanted to take the leap of faith and just go for it.”

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