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Susan Davitti Darling

Dreamer, mixed media

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My hands are wings; they let me fly....

Art has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Watercolor and collage are my mediums of choice. I like to work intuitively and freely, allowing my work to evolve. The images are the result of open-ended flexibility. Color and texture are important considerations that result in a vibrant and contemporary style. The resulting work is an exclamation and an exploration.

I am passionate about collage. I find every aspect of it appealing. There is rummaging and collecting; just looking for and finding things to use in the process is like a wonderful scavenger hunt. There is a feel to collage: papers of different weights, surface qualities and textures. Feathers, bottle caps and stones offer their own delights. Collage is full of play for me.

Being an artist is a journey and a gift. My heart is joyful and spills out into my work. Art is my prayer of gratitude.

Education

  • Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island 1976, Associates Degree
  • Pennsylvania School of Art and Design, Marietta, Pennsylvania
  • Millersville University, Millersville Pennsylvania, 1991 BA Commercial Art

Partial Listing of Exhibits and Honors

  • 2007: Doshi Exhibit@ Susquehanna Art Museum: "Where I End and You Begin"
  • 2006: Harrisburg Kite Fest, "Read for the Sky" Design sponsored and purchased by Patriot News of Harrisburg and displayed on the Capitol Steps summer 2006
  • 2006: National Collage Society Annual Juried Exhibition, Ursinus College
  • 2006: Berks County Art Alliance Annual Juried Exhibition, Googleworks , Reading PA
  • 2005: Fragments @ Lynden Gallery, Elizabethtown, PA
  • 2005: Doshi Exhibit @ Whitaker Center of Arts and Science: "To the Edge of the World"
  • 2004: Around Red (8 Originals group show) @ Central Market Art Gallery, Lancaster
  • 2004: Recipient of Rottler Award granted by York Art Association, York Pennsylvania
  • 2002: First Place, York Art Association, winter Membership Exhibit
  • 2002: Elizabethtown College 9/11 Invitational Exhibit, Purchase Award

Commissioned Works

  • 2007: Women Artists Date Book Cover, Syracuse Cultural Workers
  • 2007: Peace Calendar, Syracuse Cultural Workers
  • 1998, 1999, 2003: Women Artists Date Book, Syracuse Cultural Workers
  • 2006: Christmas card art for Sovereign Bank, Reading Pennsylvania
  • 2000-2003: Artwork for wine labels, Nissley Vineyards, Bainbridge, Pennsylvania