Darlene Olivia McElroy
Narrative Mixed Media Artist
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My family lineage has been rooted in the Southwest for hundreds of years — Hispanic, Basque, Pueblo Indian and a hodge podge of Western European all adding flavor to the pot. I love the magic of people past and the rich spirituality, texture and color of cultures. Creating these paintings has been my way of trying to touch the souls of those that have gone before.
Darlene Olivia McElroy comes from an old New Mexico family of artists, musicians and inventors. She is a mad scientist of art techniques and is continually exploring new surfaces, materials and techniques.
Throughout her career McElroy has combined head and heart in her journey of creating evocative mixed-media paintings. Trained as a painter and illustrator, she has an obsession for materials, passion for dreamlike imagery, and love of new technologies, which she uses to immerse herself in richly textured surfaces, mixtures of old and new, and brilliant and subdued tones. And always, there is a face or symbol of humanity that serves as a guide into mysterious layers which challenge reason and draw upon emotions.
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