Artist
Darlene McElroy 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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    About The Artist

    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.

    Artist Statement

    The richly textured mixed media paintings of Darlene Olivia McElroy reflect the vision of an artist whose involvement with man’s primal origins, sins, and religious conflicts has developed an imagery at once sensuously primitive and startlingly sophisticated.

    Weaving through textural surfaces, found objects, and rich symbolism, the viewer is drawn into a visual world where color plays the role of an atmospheric veil encompassing the personal myths of the artist.

    McElroy, born and raised in Southern California, is descended from an old New Mexico family of artists and storytellers. She has been deeply influenced by the summers she spent growing up on her family’s ranch in Santa Fe where the rich tapestry of Hispanic life filled the nights and brightly colored the days.

    She currently lives in Santa Fe where she enjoys the skies, the color and the art.

    Artist Background

    California State University, Fullerton
    Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1973

    Hear What Collectors Say About Darlene's Work

    commentsCarnival in My Garden
    J Stiles 6/15/2019 | 9:08 PM

    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!!!

    commentsHiding in the Garden
    D Cooney purchased this artwork. 12/12/2018 | 1:33 AM

    Love this painting. Layers of interest and mystery

    commentsGolden Moment
    D Cooney purchased this artwork. 12/12/2018 | 1:32 AM

    Lovely painting. Mysterious and beautiful

    Darlene McElroy 6/14/2018 | 12:16 PM

    First, thank you so much for purchasing my painting. The differences you see in it, in relation to its depiction on the web, may be due to the device you were using. Depending on how your computer/tablet/phone is calibrated, an image can appear darker or lighter on the web than it is in reality. In addition, the lighting in your environment and the lighting in the environment where the painting was photographed are most likely not the same. Try placing the painting in areas with different lighting. If you go into a gallery, you will often see them playing with the lighting on a piece of art. With art, lighting is everything. I work in very thin layers of color and add depth with dimensional collaged elements. I hope this helps.

    commentsBig Bad Bee Lover
    A Rasanen purchased this artwork. 6/13/2018 | 9:07 PM

    A fine work of art, but it's darker than the version on UGallery. The face glows in the online image but is more grey in reality, with much less depth, and the golden medallions are far less orange. The image is visually flatter and duller than depicted.

    commentsContemplation
    S Herdman 12/9/2016 | 10:00 AM

    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!

    Darlene McElroy 3/14/2012 | 1:21 PM

    Just added a lot of new art to the site that I hope you enjoy. I can't create a new painting without it having a narrative. It is the stories that make me want to paint.

    Darlene McElroy 11/15/2011 | 1:56 PM

    Looking forward to working with Ugallery and showing my work to a broader group of people who love narrative art.

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