Darren was the first child to be born in the Wyndham Hospital in 1970. He grew up around Derby and Bidyadanga, south of Broome. This is his mother and grandmothers traditional lands, which Darren is a custodian of.
Darren was raised by his mother and step father, who is from Warawa tribe in Derby.
Darren’s family spreads all along the saltwater country in the Kimberleys region, are all custodians of the land where the Wandjinas have been painted onto the rock walls for tens of thousands of years. The Wandjina is an important “Boss” spirit, meaning of the highest power. The Wandjina is often called the rainmaker, and seen bringing the clouds and lightening to the Kimberleys.
When white settlers came to the Kimberleys region, they saw the beautiful giant pearls that the indigenous men wore on hair waistbands. They coveted these pearls and forced the aboriginal men to dive for Pearls for them. Most of the men drowned or refused to collect the pearls, as it would anger the water snake spirit that lives there and protects that country.
He often paints the Wandjina with a white pearl at its neck, and a white cockatoo feather on its headdress.