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Dawn Renee Darnell

  • 2024 - WOMAN OF THE YEAR - Top 100 Registry

  • 2023 - ARTIST OF THE YEAR and

  • 2023 - PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR - both by Persons of the Year

Member of:

  • Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA-Nov. 2023)

  • Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA-Nov. 2023)

  • Christian Indie Publishing Association (CIPA-Oct. 2023)  

  • The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA-Dec. 2022), member and Juror, she judges the Communicator, Davey, and w3 awards.  

Honored in: 

  • Marquis Who’s Who

  • Marquis Top Professional

  • The Millennium Magazine

  • Artist Closeup Magazine and Blog

  • The Top 100 Magazine

Mrs. Darnell has had mixed media art and photography exhibitions at Art Basel-Miami, Florida and Basel, Switzerland; in Expo Metro in New York Times Square, Barcelona, Spain; at New York Pier 36; in Red Dot Miami and Spectrum Miami and in galleries in Zug and Zurich, Switzerland; Venice, Italy; Berlin, Germany; Palma, Spain; Athens, Greece; Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and in the United States. 

Dawn Renee is a globally recognized photographer. She has won 47 international photography awards so far, and countless local and state awards. Dawn Renee's images have been published in calendars, books and on covers, yearbooks, newspapers, advertisements, zoos, KOA pamphlets, sympathy cards, business cards, websites, used as logos, and sold in Galleries. She has won many Muse Photography, London Photography, European Photography, and New York Photography Awards, as well as an AVA Digital Award and a Communicator Award.

Dawn Renee was born in Houston, Texas. She moved to Carlsbad, New Mexico, in 2016 from Georgetown, Texas. She has been a board member for five organizations, a New Mexico Delegate, a campaign manager for U.S. Congress, Loan Signing Notary Public of New Mexico, a teacher for 8 years and an acting principal for one year.


Mrs. Darnell is also working on her natural skincare company, Hollyn Renee Skincare, and an organic coffee company, Jim & Yoda's Coffee House.


She is an Ordained Minister as chaplain and a disaster relief chaplain.

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Jim H. Darnell, Jr

Born in Dallas, Jim spent his childhood in West Africa as a missionary kid. Jim is an Ordained Minister, has pastored 3 churches, been a youth minister, and serves as a missionary to Ivory Coast. Jim is also a dynamic speaker. He has developed the skills to draw people in emotionally and cast a vision. Jim has written countless plays, devotionals, teaching lessons and sermons.


A teacher of 24 years in Math, French and Spanish. Jim has written extensive curriculum including a complete course in 6th grade Spanish I. Jim played soccer for Samford University where he starred his freshman year. He has coached 25 seasons ranging from peewee leagues to head coach of a high school team in soccer, tennis, basketball and football. Jim is also a published author and a Notary Public of the State of New Mexico.


  • Master of Educational technology, Wayland Baptist University, 2016

  • Master of Secondary Education, Eastern New Mexico University, 2004

  • Master of Divinity, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1993

  • Bachelor of Science, Samford University, 1986

  • An IQ of 161

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