Darlene Farris-LaBar is both an associate professor of art at East Stroudsburg University and an internationally known artist who makes art about the natural environment. Her educational background includes a MFA from the School of Art and Design at SUNY, Purchase College, a BFA at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, an AAS in Digital Media Arts from TCI, College of Technology NYC.
Farris-LaBar’s overall predominant theme is about the health of our natural surroundings and the vulnerable species that influence our future existence. While using 3D digital technologies, her designs embody the results of research through environmental interaction and the studying of a variety of ecosystems. In an attempt to shift her audience's experience about the environment and transform the way they value it, she uses 3D printing and software technology to recreate small native plants and flowers of specific regions in the form of art. Her art serves a diverse community that provides education and awareness about a changing culture and vulnerable environment. During a critical point in time, with our planet currently existing in a fragile ecological state, these topics are incredibly valuable to the world we all depend upon.