Darlene Riel is a California native who was privileged to work for UC Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine for most of her career. She worked a hectic schedule in a clinical environment. As such, photography provided her with an opportunity to express her creative side and share her love of travel with others. Travel with her husband Jeff has always been a priority in her life, and she hopes to travel more extensively into their retirement years.
Darlene enjoys taking the back roads to smaller towns and villages of Europe. She is particularly attracted to the patinas of old stone structures, cobbled streets and faded wooden buildings. Her photography has been recognized for its symmetry, balance, and vivid color. She is drawn to more intimate images, those that draw the viewer’s eye to an interesting focal point or a dramatic dash of color.