The Artist

Darcy Presiloski
Photo courtesy of Karen Rice Photography.

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

Darcy’s farm background has led to her focusing primarily on Western art. Inspiration comes from brandings, cattle drives, rodeos and even sometimes while driving by a field on the highway, finding the story from the animals, day to day activities and gear of the working cowboy in the paintings that she creates. She works in oils, pastels, graphite and charcoal, and horses are a particular favorite of hers, including her horse, Holly.

Her paintings have been juried into the Western Showcase at the Calgary Stampede for a number of years, going back to 2007. 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.