Biography

Darcy Schultz has returned to the East Coast after nearly 20 years in Portland, Oregon, where she earned an MA in Art Therapy and showed her work in an alumni show at The Art Gym, art therapy association group show at ONDA, HipBone Studios, and participated in Southeast Open Studios. Prior to this, she was a member of Amory Street Studios (Jamaica Plain, MA) and then Artists Studios West (Waltham, MA), showing around Boston. Her work is in several private collections and was also chosen for the Lowell Community Health Center's ArtUP and University of Wisconsin Green Bay's permanent collections. Darcy is originally from Wisconsin and earned her BA from this institution.

In the past few years, she has participated in Lowell Open Studios, Western Avenue Open Studios, and had solo shows at the Groton Public Library, Acton Memorial Library and Roudenbush Community Center; a piece in the National Parks Juried Art Show at Brush Art Gallery in 2016 and in the New Hampshire Chapter of National Association of Women Artists' Summer 2015 show (juried by Judith Rubin) at Plymouth State University; entries at Riverside Gallery's 2014 NEATA Member Show; Gallery 119 in Lowell's Member show; Parish Center for the Arts Regional Art Show in Westford, MA where she won first place; The Brush Gallery's 4x4 Benefit Auction; Gallery 119's Benefit Auction; A.I.R.'s DUMBO gallery in Brooklyn; Townshend Public Library; Lowell Open Studios; and Sandywoods Gallery in Tiverton, RI.

Darcy is a Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and has a small private practice in her studio as well as a “day job” as a Psychological Health Outreach Coordinator for the Marine Corps Reserves.

Artist Statement

This artwork is my intuitive response to the human body’s experience of spiritual landscape, rooted deeply in earth, sea, and sky. These pieces involve depicting the wordless motions of emotion. As such, my time spent trekking though wild areas in all seasons is fused into these works. These places include Volcanoes National Park, Coyote Gulch, Olympic National Seashore, Mount Hood, and the Pemigewassett Wilderness.

Most of the works feature natural materials: bees wax, Damar varnish (tree sap), string, and ground rock pigments.

Each layered and textured encaustic piece moves off the bounds of the wooden substrate by design. Framing is not essential to the art; in fact, I believe it is limiting so I have only a lightly finished edging on the pieces.

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