Eye miniatures or “lovers' eyes” were Georgian miniatures, normally watercolor on ivory, depicting the eye or eyes of a spouse, loved one, or child. These were usually commissioned for sentimental reasons and were often worn as bracelets, brooches, pendants, or rings with richly decorated frames, serving the same emotional need as lockets containing portraits or locks of hair. This piece is made of metal leaf, collage, and acrylics. The piece is on a cradled wood panel with finished black edges. It comes varnished and is ready to hang.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Darlene McElroy sees creating art as similar to reading Turkish coffee grounds. A story becomes revealed as one looks at the surface, texture and color. Her works use a variety of materials ranging from acrylic paints to photo transfers and collage. She currently lives in New Mexico and has been greatly influenced by the work of Robert Rauschenberg. She encourages viewers to search for their narrative interpretation when viewing a work.
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I recently purchased an awesome piece by Darlene off this site and was delighted with it. The painting itself had beautiful depth but the addition of the 3D texture was icing on the cake! And of course her evocative subject matter and symbolism tied it all together into one wonderful and unique package! Hope to buy another of hers some day!!!- J Stiles
We have two pieces by Darlene; and they are so wonderful to live with! We lived in Santa Fe for 11 years, and count Darlene as a friend. Her innate creativity and energy are astonishing. We continue to enjoy seeing her new and unique output in the form of artworks and books!- S Herdman