Although she grew up in the shadows of Disneyland, Darcy Gerdes didn't have to "wish upon a star" to make her dreams come true. The self-taught artist has built a thriving career from her artistic passions... She began drawing & doodling at an early age and by 5, Darcy could be found selling caricatures of her neighbors for nickel each...
Work in progress, a commission piece, "Aye Matey"
Armed with such a unlimited source of inspiration, Darcy says she "has no one favorite subject to paint...each idea, each concept seems to want a life of their own...each design stands on its own merits...I learn from each piece".. .I do favor watercolors, acrylics and color pencil & have always felt the subject suggests the type of medium to use, which I think naturally changes my style slightly. The limitations or quality of the mediums chosen can also make a difference"...
In the past, selected pieces of Darcy's multi-media works were available in prints, puzzles, cards, cross stitch & magnets, from such notable publishers as Figi Graphics, Leanin Tree Cards, Leisure Arts, Dimensions, Art in Motion and her own Flying Pigment Studio...
Formal training was in high school, where she took as many art classes as she could and studied under a "most excellent teacher", Mrs. Adele Mason. She did however pay particular attention to her neighbor, Ken Southworth, an incredibly ingenious animator..
Along with personal success she says her greatest rewards come from the way folks react to my art..."I love to see a perceptive knowing smile or chuckle! :}
October 06, She opened her own gallery, Flying Pigment Studio Gallery located in midtown Idyllwild, CA. The gallery was also "member gallery" with Art Alliance of Idyllwild and actively participated all the events from March to October.
Starting October 09, Darcy has been a full time studio artist, creating from new studio. Endowed with innate talent and amazing eye for detail, a wonderfully humorous approach to every day events, Darcy shouldn't lose her appeal either..
Darcy is very active in the local art of Idyllwild, CA. and does take special pride of showing her award winning works in the past as a juried artist at Art A Fair, Laguna Beach, CA..
Happy to announce that you can see my work up close at "The Spruce Moose" Gallery located upstairs the "Fort" downtown Idyllwild ~ my exclusive representation on the hill" See if you can find "Cougar Den" a 4' x 8' acrylic painting on masonite at the Gallery? If you do let me know!
Doin a bucket list thing. . . ."Never EVER forget to fly" Tandem Freefall Jump,Lake Elsinore, CA.
Awesome~ Tandem freefall from 14,000ft atta' bout 120mph! The shoes i'm wearing, are retired now and r hanging on my studio wall...having gone so far...To my kids, Thank You! To my instructor, Christian, Thank you! Web page: http://skydiveelsinore.com
Flying Pigment Studio P.O. Box 1557 Idyllwild,CA 92549