First introduced to etching during college, Daryl felt attracted to the step-by-step process of creating metal plates; she shares that her practical side enjoyed the idea of creating art in multiples. Following college she apprenticed with Vermont artist Sabra Field and learned the art of relief printing with multiple block woodcuts. After two years of printing, framing, and learning the business of art, Daryl returned to school and earned a masters in printmaking from UMass at Amherst. A six-week printmaking residency at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough NH followed, and her course as a printmaker was set.
Daryl moved to Huntington Vermont in 1990 and renovated an old barn next to her house which now serves as her studio. In those early years her supplemental income came from working as a waitress. She eventually replaced that activity by figuring out a way to introduce printed imagery into a line of jewelry. While continuing to make landscape jewelry, Daryl spends most of her days creating woodcuts and enjoys drawing outside (in plein air) with pastels. These drawings will oftentimes become the basis of new woodcuts. The jewelry, block prints and pastels all explore her interest in strong design and pattern evocative of the Vermont landscape.