In my work I hope to reveal the subtle magic around me by focusing on minimalist forms in flora and fauna then enhance their innate ghostliness with monochromatic and limited pallets.
Through the depths of shadow play and chiaroscuro I find a parallel with the tangled complexities of being a human. Layering thought and image in charcoal, graphite, ink, watercolor, and acrylics, what starts as chaos filters into simplistic textures and forms. And pushing symbolism into these clean forms, to embrace their own stark realities.
I find inspiration in a broad range of disciplines from photography to literature. But most of all, my everyday life, living in the seaside woodlands of New England. Witnessing the haunting complexity of character in pared down nature.
Darcy Scanlon Moulton comes from generations of working artists. Her early elementary school art fair winning talents were nurtured though youth with summer programs at Montserrat College. At the age of 10, she received a Boston Globe Golden Key Award for a pastel drawing. She went on to be accepted into The Bishop Fenwick Arts program for high school. However her art career took a backseat during college. She attended Randolph Macon Women's College where she studied Mathematics and English Literature. It was there that her love of poetry and painting with words truly began. After college and through the 90s she returned to painting. Her large scale, monochromatic, grungy portraits were sold at local shops on the North Shore and in Boston. All the while moving forward in her poetry career, which found fertile ground in the blossoming coffeehouse and poetry cafe scene of the 90s North Shore and Boston.
At the beginning of the new millennium, she began an adventurous career in Boston. For nearly a decade she wrote for the Boston Pheonix and Stuff@Night Magazine, first as a beauty and style editor and later as an associate editor. She has also freelanced beauty and lifestyle writing for Boston Magazine, Cybele Magazine, Mirror, The Boston Globe, Where to Wear, Daily Candy Boston, Shecky’s Boston, and several other web pages. Not one to be shackled down to a single genre of expression Darcy also dabbled in TV and radio with several guest host appearances on WCVB’s Chronicle and spots on WFNX and WXKS. Even modeling in a series of print ads for Boston’s renowned James Joseph Salon. All the while keeping a toe in the art world: she curated and hosted many art openings and exhibits around the greater Boston and Cambridge area. Darcy also helped form the Boston Ladies Art Society that remains in a frozen state of pseudo existence.
In 2008, after over a decade of decadence in the city, she retreated to the country to raise her family and focus on her artistic endeavors. She studied poetry at Harvard University's Extension School. And by 2011, after the birth of her son, returned in earnest to drawing and painting. Her artwork is most often layered, monochromatic mediums and limited pallets with images that are a subtle blend of realism and surrealism. Most of her work is inspired by minimalism and single subjects found in nature that exude a mystery or haunting aura.
At the present you can find Darcy in her quiet country home, Hemlock End, nestled deep in the woods of Ipswich, Massachusetts. Sharing in her everyday high adventures are her husband, two beautiful stepdaughters, and a fair-haired son. They also have a German Shepherd and several chickens who would be entirely put out if they were not mentioned somewhere here.