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Meet Our Members – Susan Davitti Darling

Susan Davitti Darling

Susan Davitti Darling

Susan Davitti Darling is the next artist in our Meet Our Members interview series. Susan lives in Maytown PA and is employed by Elizabethtown College. She is an avid watercolor, mixed media and collage artist. We always enjoy Susan’s fun, bright, whimsical and extraordinary art work!

Read on to find out more about Susan’s work and studio life:

What initially sparked your interest in ART?

My father was a professional photographer and he encouraged me to take
photographs. I had access to cameras and a makeshift darkroom. When I was in
High School, I attended a Saturday morning drawing classes at Rhode Island
School of Design. Art is so much fun and I liked all of it, from batik and block
printing, to collage and painting. I earned a college degree in art as an adult, at
Millersville University. I feel very fortunate that I had that opportunity.

Blue Strip Still Life by Susan Davitti Darling

Blue Strip Still Life by Susan Davitti Darling, 24″ x 36″ watercolor

Where does your creative nature come from?

My creative nature comes from curiosity. I like to try things and see how things
work and how they look.

Where does your inspiration come from?

My inspiration comes from all over the place. If I don’t feel inspired on a
particular day, I still work. To Quote Hank Aaron, “Always keep swinging.
Whether you are in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the
only thing to do is keep swinging.” Art keeps me going. It makes me happy.

As an artist we have many roles; which do you find to be the most rewarding and which the most challenging for you?

The hardest part of being an artist is the business part. Excel spreadsheets can
put me into a trance. What I love the MOST about being an artist is the actual
work/play of creation.

Cortona's Secret Moon by Susan Davitti Darling

Cortona’s Secret Moon by Susan Davitti Darling, 24″ x 24″ mixed media

What are you most passionate about?

I am passionate about sharing what I know with other people. I love to encourage
others to follow their heart into art. Art is good for you! I don’t care if you ever
went to art class or college, art is a birthright. As human beings we have a
creative nature and it is good to access that.

How do you begin a piece?

Beginning a painting is a very random act for me. I work intuitively and I start out
with getting rid of the blank canvas in a big way. Sometimes I will draw on the
white canvas and paint over the drawn lines, creating what I call a history to my
background. My work is abstract in nature, so I let the shifting color harmony and
line work speak for me.

mixed media collage by Susan Davitti Darling

mixed media collage by Susan Davitti Darling

What is your favorite color? And do you use it often in your work?

My favorite color right now is purple. That can change. I have been known to be
enamored with orange, periwinkle and blue gray. Color is very important in my
work, whether it is subdued or vibrant. It speaks volumes.

What dream supply would you purchase if money were no issue?

My dream supply would be a flat file. I have NO room for such an item. I would
like a place to store large paper and finished unframed artwork.

What message do you want to convey to the viewer through your work?

Most of the time people see things in my art that have nothing to do with
why or how it was made and I am fine with that. I think we all do that on some
level. I find myself attracted by bright color and childlike shapes. I like art to pop
right off the wall. Other times I am drawn by the exact opposite. My hope is that
people can feel the joy that is inherent in the creation.

Circle Series IV by Susan Davitti Darling

Circle Series IV by Susan Davitti Darling, 15″ x 15″ mixed media

Who are your favorite famous artists?

        • Louise Nevelson 
        • Alexander Calder 
        • Paul Klee
        • Mark Chagall 
        • Marisol Escobar 
        • Mary Cassatt 

Where do you create your art?

I have studio in the attic of my house. It is finished off with skylights, and the
light is GREAT!

What can always be found in your work space?

You can always find a big mess in my studio along with works in progress!
There is always MUSIC playing. My cat hangs out there with me.

Your Perfect Touch by Susan Davitti Darling

Your Perfect Touch by Susan Davitti Darling,  5″ x 7″ mixed media painting

How has your work evolved over the years?

My work has evolved in that I studied Commercial Art at Millersville University,
and my fine art is almost exclusively abstract. I have worked commercially and
still enjoy the challenge of doing so. Nissley Vineyards has my artwork on six
labels. My favorite piece of artwork is a collage titled “Spirit Wagon”. I created it for a
dear friend when she when she was diagnosed with cancer. It is full of color and
happiness that defined our relationship. Cancer could not diminish Sheri’s spirit
and this art is testimony to that.

Susan Davitti Darling will be participating in a 2 person exhibit at Lynden Gallery, 117 South Market Street, Elizabethtown, PA 717-367-9236. The exhibit opens in July and runs thru September, 2014. There will be an opening reception at the gallery on July 11th from 6pm – 9:00pm.

You can view more of Susan’s work on the Mixed Media Art Group website.

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Susan Davitti Darling in Naked Truth

nt postcard 9.4. 2013

Susan Davitti Darling will be showing her art in a group exhibit at York Arts@City Arts118 West Philadelphia Street, York, PA 17401. The exhibit opens with an artist reception on Nov 1, 5pm-9pm, and runs through Nov 30th. Gallery hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 10am-4pm.

Susan’s work is lovely, colorful and lighthearted  Here is how she describes her art: “I am passionate about collage. I find every aspect of it appealing. There is rummaging and collecting. Just looking for and finding things to use in the process is like a wonderful scavenger hunt. There is a feel to collage: papers of different weights, surface qualities and textures. Feathers, bottle caps, and stones offer their own delights. Collage is full of play for me.”

Susan is an active member of Mixed Media Art Group and you can view more of her work here and on her website: http://www.davittidarling.com/

Members in the News

"Sunscape" by Ann Yeager Lawson, 24" x 24"

“Sunscape” by Ann Yeager Lawson, 24″ x 24″

Ann Yeager Lawson has art displayed at WLAN, “We Love Art Now” Gallery, 252 North Queen Street, Lancaster PA. Her piece shown left, is part of the exhibit which will run through April 28th.

Heavy Metal by Thom Kulp

Heavy Metal by Thom Kulp

Thom Kulp and Robert McCloskey are participating in the York Art Associations Spring Members Exhibit, 220 S Marshall St  York, PA. The show will be on display through May 18th.

Tina Berrier with her 3rd place winner!!!

Tina Berrier with her 3rd place winner!!!

Tina Berrier and Judy Kelly have been accepted to the Mechanicsburg Art Center Juried Show, 18 Artcraft Dr, Mechanicsburg, PA, which opened this past Friday, April 12th. Tina won a 3rd place award for one of her entries to the show which will be on display until May 3rd.

Joan Maguire at City House Bed & Breakfast

Joan Maguire at City House Bed & Breakfast

Joan Maquire will be the featured artist in Third in the Burg at City House Bed & Breakfast, 915 N Front St  Harrisburg, PA on April 19, 6-9pm.

Doug Tomlinson at the Capital 10 Miler

Doug Tomlinson at the Capital 10 Miler

Doug Tomlinson and Susan Darling recently participated in the The CAPITAL 10-MILER in Harrisburg, PA, a run/walk event that benefits many arts organizations of the capital region. Doug ran the 10 miles, while Susan walked it! Way to go! Support the Arts!!!

Mathematically Abstract by Tami Bitner

Mathematically Abstract by Tami Bitner

Tami Bitner was the featured artist in Harrisburg Magazine for the month of April. You can read Tami’s article online here.

We are proud of the accomplishments of our artist members of M & M Mixed Media Art Group!!! Read more about our members on the Mixed Media Art Group website.

M & M Exhibit at PA State Capitol Building

Capitol-front-viewLargeThe M & M Mixed Media Art Group recently installed an exhibit of member’s paintings and photography in the East Wing Rotunda of the Pennsylvania State Capitol building in Harrisburg, PA. The exhibit will hang through the end of March and includes the following artists and photographers: Ann Lawson, Doug Tomlinson, Linda Benton McCloskey, Bob McCloskey, Susan Darling, Tina Berrier, Lynn Kennedy-Putt, Mary Kandray Gelenser, Sue Blosser, Catherine Stone, Judy Kelly, Elaine Brady Smith, Joanne Finkle, Rick Snizik, Joan Maguire, and Christine Goldbeck.

The central lobby of the East Wing of the Capitol is open to the public Monday through Friday 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Stop by and see the talent presented by these amazing artists! For more information about the Mixed Media Art Group, visit our website by clicking here, or find us on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/MixedMediaArtGroup

M & M’s in Gallery Walk


This Sunday, September 9, from 11:00am till 6:00pm the Mixed Media Art Group (M & M’s) will be participating in the 24th Annual Harrisburg Gallery Walk in Harrisburg, PA.  A variety of mixed media art and photography from our members will be on display at the Pine Street Presbyterian Church, 310 North 3rd St. (side entrance, Third & South St. into the “Gathering Place”

Gallery Walk is a long time tradition in Harrisburg, sponsored by the Art Association of Harrisburg.  The walking tour includes 21 locations in galleries, restaurants, and businesses throughout the city. You can obtain complete tour information and locations by clicking here.

The other exhibition sites to visit on Gallery Walk include:

The John Harris/Simon Cameron Mansion
St. Stephen’s Mission Gallery
Penn National Insurance
Whitaker Centre For Science & The Arts
CASA Gallery @Capital Area School of the Arts
The Gallery at Walnut Place
Gallery@Second
Mangia Qui & Suba
The State Museum of Pennsylvania
Susquehanna Art Museum
Historic Harrisburg Resource Centre
Midtown Scholar Bookstore
Fenetre Gallery at HACC Midtown
North Gallery
Little Amps Coffee Roasters
The Governor’s Residence
Mitrani at Home

Susan Darling to Instruct “Corks and Collage”

Susan Darling will be instructing a one-day collage workshop entitled “Corks and Collage.”

The workshop will take place at the Lynden Gallery on Saturday, August 18th from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.

The Lynden Gallery is located at 117 South Market Street, Elizabethtown, PA  17022

This is the 3rd time for this event. Bring a bottle of wine and collage materials to share for an evening of creative fun and conversation.
Cost $35 – reservations suggested, but not required. For more information call (717) 367-9236