Darcy Alison Spitz
About Me & My Work
Eyes give images souls, they symbolize the divine, the self,
perception and observing without judgment. I should add, my father was an optometrist,
so from my earliest days, eyes were everywhere.
I also became nearsighted at an early age.
As a young teen, I had an art teacher say to me “images of
eyes were passé.” I dutifully avoided painting and drawing eyes for many years,
until I realized that I could leave that bad advice behind. Ever since, I’ve celebrated
Music appears to my inner eye as beautiful rich patterns, emotional
states appear as shapes and motion in a rich parallel inner universe. My
paintings and drawings come from this world, and I hope viewers find pleasure
and meaning of their own in my these images.
I sit down and start drawing or painting, without much of a
plan but with a sense of something needing to “come out.” I think the “door”
between my unconscious and consciousness is wide open and that allows the images
to pour out onto paper.
My extended family had a business selling custom draperies,
bedspreads and home furnishings, which meant I saw many fabric sample books as
a child. Each page of the sample book had a photo of a bedspread and draperies
made from one color-way of the fabric pattern accompanied by swatches of the
same pattern in different colors-ways.
My mom, her identical twin and I spent a lot of time
discussing the different patterns and our personal color preferences. I became
fascinated at how the same pattern in varied colors could feel completely
Fabric stores also played an important role in my life – my
mom sewed exquisite clothes. I wandered through countless fabric stores looking
at the patterns, textures and feel of the material.
In my family, there was also a fascination and obsession
with fine jewelry. My uncle was an “upstairs jeweler” which meant he was an
estate jeweler, available only by appointment. Although my family didn’t have a
lot of money, my grandmother, mother and aunt bought fine antique jewelry on
Finely made jewelry is elaborately made, perfectly crafted
and rich in color. Although I love to wear jewelry, I prefer to make
beautifully crafted, richly detailed paintings – for me the beauty is in
seeing, which is free to anyone. The universe within is jeweled.
Fine craftsmanship is important to me in my work.
Medieval manuscripts were often painted in egg tempera, a
stable paint that retains the jewel like intensity through the ages. The carefully drawn internal sacred spaces of
Medieval religious manuscripts have always pulled me to them, however, they are
often filled with images of torture, which repels me and isn’t within my ethnic
or religious tradition.
For several years, I studied manuscript illumination at the
School of Sacred Arts in New York – which has since closed. Learning Medieval techniques led me to my
small jewel like painting.
I earned a BFA in painting at the University of Illinois,
and an MFA in painting at Rhode Island School of Design.
I was born in Chicago and have lived in New York City for
many years. I have had one person shows
at Ten Worlds Gallery, Marc Miller Gallery and have been in many group shows. My
work is included in private collections as well as the Chase Manhattan
This website contains a small sampling of the thousands of
paintings and drawings available, all of which are available for purchase.