La Monja CoronadaDarlene McElroy
Acrylic paint, collage, stencils, vintage tomb rubbing, micro beads, mica chips on Canvas board
Painting wraps around edges
Varnished and Ready to hang
Signed on back
40 " h x 16 " w x 1.5 " d |4 lbs. 0 oz.
An ornate portrait of a young nun, crowned in flowers and draped with gold trimmed robes. She stands encircled by ribbon and burning hearts. Darlene explains of the scene, "During the eighteenth century in Mexico, there were very few options for young women. If from a wealthy family, having a daughter who belonged to a religious order was prestigious. At the profession of their vows and at their death, they were crowned with an enormous ring of flowers of bright colors and held a scepter and a bouquet of equally colorful flowers. I have always found a beauty in past traditions."
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