About East Otter Studio

I live on a beautiful horse farm on the banks of E. Otter Creek near Marion, IA. I enjoy capturing the sights of nature and the experiences I have along the creek. 


Shirley Darland


Shirley Darland - East Otter Studio

I believe in art. It has the ability to empower us to see and believe in ourselves. Sharing my art experience is a powerful way to bond. It cements the ties of friendship. Mentoring this gift is the ultimate goal. Guiding children as well as adults to find courage to fully release their inner abilities. There is room to try something new and to even fail. Trying something new is a breath of fresh air while still valuing traditions. It unearths beauty and beauty is worth sharing. Mistakes provide learning opportunities and is considered growth. Stepping out into something new, while imperfect, demonstrates boldness and volunerability, a super power all creatives share.

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