Originally from Oak Park, Illinois, Darcie Peet spent many childhood summers exploring the Chicago Art Institute and experiencing feature exhibits by Andrew Wyeth and Monet. Drawing and painting since grade school, Darcie Peet has had a multi-faceted business career in fine art and design including teaching, and positions in the fields of graphic design and advertising. Traveling to Paris offered the opportunity to further immerse Peet in the art of the Impressionists. The teeming color, energy and endless dance of light and atmosphere, remain today as vivid and enduring influences, likewise, the directness and spontaneity of the Plein Air movement in California and the West; the bold light, shadow and architectural form of Caravaggio, Edgar Payne and Carl Rungius; the fresh, fluid work of Russian-American Impressionist, Nicolai Fechin as well as contemporary painters Richard Schmid, Jim Reynolds, Oleg Stavrowsky and C. W. Mundy.
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