WRITING: Darlene's first book, ITALY FEVER: 14 Ways to Satisfy Your Love Affair with Italy, is a memoir and pre-travel companion. She is currently working on a mystery novel with a setting in the Veneto region of northern Italy via a protagonist with a passion for art and Palladian villas. 

ART & TRAVEL: "I travel with watercolors and am currently working on techniques for capturing the essence of travel via individual art-journal pages."

From writing, painting, and sewing to woodworking and stained glass, Darlene's life has been filled with art. Her passion for historic preservation developed from an early appreciation for "old houses," followed by a love of Italy and Palladian villas during graduate school.

Darlene started sewing in her teens and later enrolled in weaving and textile courses as a part of her curriculum in studio arts at the University of Houston where she received a BFA degree. Two master's degrees followed years later from the School of Architecture at The University of Texas in Austin. Marwitz has worked on significant historic preservation projects, primarily in Texas, and has overseen the research, design, and reproduction of numerous period textiles: woven matelasse and brocatelle drapery fabrics, hand-crafted passementerie, plus Wilton and Brussels carpets loomed in England.

Darlene's favorite quote: "I cannot live without books. - Thomas Jefferson"