Bearhat to Forever
24" X 30"
In a Flash They Were Gone
12" X 24"
The works above appear in the 2017 A Timeless Legacy exhibit and sale.
Darcie Peet notes that the national parks were always part of her growing-up years. She recalls adventure tales as she browses black & white photo albums of her folks hiking in Arches, Zion, the Grand Canyon, Rocky Mt. National Park, the Tetons, Yellowstone, Yosemite and Death Valley. Glacier National Park was always special, as her Dad, as an Eagle Scout, spun tales of his time there building and repairing trails. Darcie's sister took him back to hike on his 70th birthday. Her father refers to Darcie as a “chip off the old block,” as she too grew up involved in all sorts of outdoor activities. Today, for her painting, she seek the quintessential elements of those “wild places.”
Hailing from Oak Park, Illinois; raised in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, a love of horses and the west took Peet to Colorado as a child, and again in the early ‘60’s. For over thirty years Peet has called the Colorado Rockies (Copper Mountain) and Tucson’s Sonora Desert, home, different times of the year.
Throughout primary and secondary school Peet was involved in advanced art classes and weekend, high school drawing classes at Pittsburgh’s, Carnegie Institute of Technology. With a B.A. in Art and M.A. in Interior Design, Peet has taught art and pursued a multi-faceted career in graphic design, advertising, and commercial interior design, prior to the introduction of C.A.D. (Computer-Aided Design), when project design development and presentation boards were done by hand.
Since childhood, her two great passions have always been painting and outdoor adventure, especially throughout the American West, from Alaska to the desert Southwest. So much of the exhilaration in painting is in the initial quest… the journey, the adventure in finding those “off-the-beaten-path” settings and hidden jewels. Having been a plein air painter for many years, she now travels further into the wilderness with a camera to take back with her as much raw material, experiences, mood and memories as possible. Hiking, cycling, canoeing, riding, camping and kayaking, she seeks a vital sense of place and glimpse into the powerful personality of these humbling, bold, back country spaces that Darcie reveres and respects.
Featured in Southwest Art, Art of the West and Western Art Collector, Peet, is a Signature Member-Oil Painters of America and honorary Artist Member-Tucson’s historic Mountain Oyster Club. Key awards include 1st Place, 2-Dimensional-Cowgirl Up Show; Oil Painters of America-National Landscape Award; Salon International-Western Genre Award as well as numerous awards in past years including Best of Show, First Place, Artists’ Choice and Collectors’ Choice. Paintings hang in the permanent collection of the Pearce Museum, Corsicana, TX; the Arrabelle Hotel and Vail Valley Medical Center, Vail, CO. Peet’s work is often commissioned and in galleries in Montana, Colorado & Arizona.