Darren Julian started painting as a teenager and was inspired by his artist father, James Julian. Darren Julian lives in Wagmatcook with his wife, Amanda Julian, also an artist of the Friends United initiative, as was his deceased mother Sandra Simon. Darren Julian and Rolf Bouman met in 2011 when Rolf purchased one of his paintings. Rolf was able to help Darren to start a small gallery in which Darren sells his own artwork and also his wife’s paintings. Darren likes to paint faces, people, sceneries and animals. He has developed his very own spiritual style. As his wife Amanda and his mother Sandra, he likes to tell stories of the Mi’kmaq people through his artwork.