After finishing a building apprenticeship in the 1980s, Darryl developed his creative energies by completing a certificate in craft design at Nelson Institute of Technology. He followed this certificate with a diploma in craft and design majoring in ceramics in 1989. Determined to support himself as a full time artist, Darryl began teaching others whilst still developing his own work. As his work became noticed, he held several exhibitions at galleries throughout the country including Cave rock gallery in Christchurch, Gallery One and the Suter art gallery in Nelson.
Darryl currently works from home in Mapua, near Nelson, where he fires his work in a Kiln built on Anagama principles.