FrameSource Artist Of The Month
Darcy Presiloski July 2013
Darcy was born in Alberta and spent her early childhood on a farm west of Granum in the southern part of the province. Her later childhood was spent in Alberta and British Columbia giving her an appreciation of both prairie and mountain life.
In 1982, Darcy received a Bachelor of Education degree with art and special education components.
She has been involved in art, in one form or another all her life but being a mother of three boys, art was put on the back burner until the children were older. She started painting full time 11 years ago and has worked in watercolours, pastels and oil paint as well as graphite. She works primarily in oils as that medium best creates the light and shadow effects that Darcy recreates from her own reference photos.
Living in Calgary, Alberta provided a wonderful opportunity to become involved with the Calgary Stampede Western Art Showcase. Darcy has participated in several areas of the Showcase: Gallery, Silent Auction, Auction and Quick Draw since 2006.
To improve and fine tune her skills, Darcy has been fortunate to study with and/or take workshops from a variety of respected artists and teachers: Phil Beck, Michelle Grant, Bruce Green, Charlie Hunter, John Poon, Frank Webb, Aaron Westerburg and Allan Wylie.
Darcy teaches at the Calgary School of Art and has taught workshops for the Federation of Canadian Artists, Calgary Sketch Club, Calgary Painters and the Cochrane Art Club. She also taught the art component at the Stampede School for several years.
She is a member of the Cochrane Art Club and won the Cochrane Foundation Heritage Award in 2012.
Darcy is a supporter of the Calgary Food Bank Empty Bowl Benefit and has donated a painted bowl for auction since 2009. As well, she has been asked to support and is honored to provide a piece for the STARS Air Ambulance Auction in 2013.
Darcy lives in Calgary with her husband Larry.
Her work can be found on her website at: www.darcypresiloski.com.