Born and raised in houston, Texas. Darla Allen was immersed in a culture of diversity. From a diversity of foods, arts, people, and activities. She had seen and experienced more at a young age than many of her peers. With her long history of sports and the outdoors, Darla entered the art community first in grade school and then later pursued a fine arts degree at McKendree university. As she learned more about her craft she discovered she was attracted to very hands on and physically engaging ways of making. Later in her college career she declared sculpture as her discipline and continues to explore the fragile tension of materials. For more information, Darla can be contacted at the Art Department at McKendree University.