The Artist

Darcy was born in Alberta, Canada and spent her early childhood on a farm west of Granum in southern Alberta.

With Darcy’s farm background it is not surprising that her primary focus is western art. She finds inspiration at brandings, cattle drives, rodeos and sometimes in a field at the side of the highway. She sees the animals, everyday activities and gear of the working cowboy as unique and feels there is a story in every painting.

Darcy loves to depict people and animals but horses are her particular favourite. She works in oils, pastels, graphite and charcoal.

For a number of years her pieces have been juried in the Calgary Stampede Western Showcase. In 2016 her work was juried into the America’s Horse in Art Show and Sale in the AQHA Hall of Fame and Museum in Amarillo, Texas. Her work can be found in the Parks Canada collection and private collections in Canada, the United States and New Zealand.

Darcy has created art, in one form or another all her life. In 1982, she received a Bachelor of Education degree with Art and Special Education components. Over the years, Darcy has been able to add to her artistic knowledge through an eclectic variety of artists and teachers.

She is a member of the Cochrane Art Club and won the Cochrane Foundation Heritage Award in 2012.

Darcy is a supporter of the Empty Bowl Benefit for the Calgary Food Bank and has donated a painted bowl for auction since 2010. As well, she has been honoured to provide original oil paintings for the STARS Air Ambulance Fundraiser Auctions since 2013.

Darcy lives in Calgary with her husband Larry.

Photo courtesy of Karen Rice Photography