About

Biographical Information
Suzanne D’Arcy, born and bred in California, has grown up with landscape that encompasses great stone ridges and peaks, wide vistas of agricultural fields and fruit and nut orchards, green swells of land dotted with red and black cattle, fierce rushing rivers in canyons of granite, and lush coastal beaches. Her California cities bustle with the diversity of peoples and cultures that enrich and enliven urban scenes. Living in a state as beautiful and varied in visual environments as an artist and citizen has fine-tuned her appreciation of beauty.  There is literally a painting everywhere one can look-city or town or country.

Artist’s Statement
I knew early on in my life that painting and drawing were integral to my self. As a very little kid, the illustrations of Arthur Szyk in Grimm’s Fairytales, struck me for their drama and clarity; I knew that the world of representational art would be my focus. There is such beauty in the ordinary city street, open field, sea edge, a person’s face that I have never been without motivation or subject matter for painting. Diversity of subject matter reflects the wonderful complexity of our visual world. With plein air painting I am, like my fellow painters, often painting nature’s scenery that will soon disappear under the wheels of land development. I feel I am painting one page in the long story of our changing land.

To be an artist and engage the imagination through creative process and build the technical knowledge is a wonderful path in life. I’m on this road and I love it.

Academic Influences
For guidance and pleasure, I have looked to painters like Winslow Homer and his tropics paintings, George Bellows and George Luks, Sergi Bongart, John Singer Sargent, A. Zorn and Joaquin Sorolla, Sam Harris, Carl Runguis, Mary Cassatt, Gustave Caillebotte, Edward Hopper, George Tooker, Nicholi Fechin, and especially William Wendt and Edgar Payne. My living heroes are many and include my two respected teachers Van Waldron and Craig Nelson.

Employment
2009 to present: Academy of Art University, San Francisco
1981-1986 The Sacramento Bee Newspaper, Sacramento
1977-1981(approximate date) Lynn Edwards Corporation, Sacramento
1969-1977 (approximate date) University of California at Davis, Student Coffee House

Education 
1992 Associate Bachelor of Arts, Academy of Art, College, San Francisco, CA
1972 Bachelor of Arts, University of California at Davis, Art History
Bachelor of Arts, University of California at Davis, Art History

Memberships
Academy of Art Alumni Association
University of California at Davis Alumni Association
Monterey Bay Plein Air Association
California Art Club
Stockton Art League

Workshops
2015 Painting Workshop, Tuscany, Italy
2014 Painting Workshop, Isola d’Elba, Italy
2013 Painting Workshop, Umbria, Italy 
2012 Painting Workshop, Figure, Craig Nelson, Costanoa, CA
2011 Urban Painting Workshop, Randy Sexton, Urban Funk, Crockett, CA
2011 Painting workshop with Craig Nelson, Figure, Costanoa, CA
2010 Painting workshop with Randy Sexton, “Urban Funk”, Sacramento Delta, CA
2010 Studied with Craig Nelson, “Painting Provence” Paris, France 
2010-1994 Studied with Van Waldron (Floral and Still Life Painting)
2010-1994 Painting workshops with Craig Nelson (Figurative Oil Painting
2008 Painting workshop, Tuscany, Italy, with Craig Nelson 
2008, 2010 Painting workshop with Craig Nelson, Sonoma CA 
2006 Painting workshop with Randy Sexton (Figure in Oil)
2004 Painting workshop with Randy Sexton, Vermont (Plein Air)
2002 Painting workshop with Ken Auster, Carmel (Plein Air)
2000 Plein Air Painting Workshop, Virginia City, with Van Waldron
1999 Portrait Painting Workshop with the American Society of Portrait Artists

Lectures, Demonstrations and Workshops
2012 Livermore Art League, Livermore, CA Lecture and demonstration
2009 Las Juntas Artists, Lecture and Demonstration, Pleasant Hill, CA
2009 Society of Western Artists, Lecture and Demonstration
2008 San Carlos Fine Art Association, Lecture and Demonstration
2008 Alameda Art League, Lecture and Demonstration
2008 Alamo Danville Artists Society, Lecture and Demonstration
2007 Judge, Livermore Art Association, Livermore
2007 Judge, Spring Arts Festival, Turlock
2006 Valley Sun Catchers Artists, Weekend Workshop, Demonstrations, Lectures
2006 Society of Western Artist, Lecture and Demonstration
2004 San Carlos Art League, Lecture and Demonstration
2002 Society of Western Artists, Lecture and Demonstration
2002 Sequoia Art League, Lecture and Demonstration

Regional Juried Entries & Awards:
2015 MBPAP Natividad Hospital Show, Calming Waters, Salinas, CA
2015 Epperson Gallery, Valona, Honorable Mention, Crockett, CA
2014 Academy of Art University, Faculty and Alumni Show, San Francisco
2013 Alameda County Fair, Plein Air Competition, first place
2013 Natsoulas Gallery, Greater California Paint Out, David, third place
20113 MBPAPA Signature Show, Mountainsong Galleries, Carmel, CA
2013 California Art Club, 102nd Annual Gold Show, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Institute of Italian Culture, An Italian Sojourn, San Francisco, CA
2012 Haggin Museum, Stockton Art League 57th Anniversary at the Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA
2010 Eppperson Gallery, “Valona, “ Honorable Mention, Crockett, CA
2010 Haggin Museum, Stockton Art League 56th Anniversary at the Haggin Museum, Stockton CA
2010 Bernard E. Witkin Alameda Law Library, California Art Club, Treasures of the East Bay, Artwork selected for publicity, Alameda CA 
2009 S12 Gallery, Capital Plein Air Competition, Sponsor Award, East Lawn Memorial, Sacramento, CA
2009 Epperson Gallery, Valona Paint Out, Third Place, Crockett, CA
2009 St. Supery Winery, Group Show, Napa Agricultural Lane Trust, Napa, CA
2009 Alameda County Fair, First Place, Plein Air Competition, Alameda County
2009 Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Plein Air Festival, Alameda
2008 FrankBette Center for the Arts, Plein Air Festival, Best in Show, To Kalon Award, Mondavi Winery 
2008 Down by the River Plein Air Competition, Locke, Second & Third Place
2008 Alameda County Fair, Plein Air Competition, First Place
2008 Marin County Fair, Plein Air Competition, Merit Award
2007 Frank Bette Plein Air Paint Out, Honorable Mention
2007 Monmart Plein Air Competition, Second Place
2005 Elk Creek Plein Air Festival, First Place
2005 Napa Valley Museums California Plein Air Annual Show
2004 Crockett “Art and Wine Festival,” First Place
2004 Epperson Gallery Plein Air Paint Out, First Place
2004-Juried Entry, Alameda County Fair
2004 Elk Creek Plein Air Festival, First Place
2003-Selected Annual Emerging Artist, ProArts 
2001-Special Award, Livermore Cultural Arts Council
2001 Society of Western Artists, John Muir Show, two Honorable Mentions
2001 Society of Western Artists, Kaiser Show, Second Place
2001 Society of Western Artists, Annual Show, Honorable Mention
2000-Selected Annual Emerging Artists, ProArts
1999-Art in Public Space, Painting accepted and purchased for the New County Recorders Building
1999, 1997, 1992, 1991, 1990- Alameda County Fair, Merit Award(1991 &1990 Two Merit Awards per year)
1994 Alameda County Fair, Silver Award
1993 Alameda County Fair, Silver Award
1992 Academy of Art College, Two Honorable Mentions
1991-Alameda County Fair Patron Purchase Award

Gallery Involvement
2015 One Person Show, Petals to Porcelain, Moraga, CA
2014 One Person Show, Pieces of Italy, Capital ArtWorks Gallery, Sacramento
2014 One Person Show, Moraga Library, Moraga, CA
2013 Group Show, Capital Art Works, Sacramento
2011 Signature Artists Group Show, MBPAPA, Carmel Art Institute, Carmel, CA
2011 Group Show, Natividad Hospital, MBPAPA, Monterey CA
2011 One Person Show, Rominger Winery, Davie CA
2011 Group Show, Epperson Gallery, “Still Lifes,” Crockett, CA
2011 One Person Show, Terzetto’s, “Kitchen Companions,” Moraga, CA
2011 One Person Show, Moraga Public Library, Moraga CA
2010 Group Show, First Street Gallery, Miniatures Show, Turlock, CA
2010 One Person Show, Rominger West Winery, “Edges of Our Rural Lands,” Davis, CA
2010 Heritage Museum, Ironstone Winery, Group Show, Murphys, CA
2010 Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA
2010 Webster Street Annex, Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Alameda, CA
2010 Group Show, Fresh Cut, Epperson Gallery, Crockett, CA
2009 Group Show, Sixth Annual Miniature Show, First Street Gallery, Turlock, CA
2009 Group Show, Then and Now: Artists Explore the Bay Area, Thomas Reynolds Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2009 Group Show, Valona, Epperson Gallery, Crockett
2009 Group Show, Impressions of Italy, The Garden Gallery, Half Moon Bay, CA
2009 Art on the Farm, Claudia Chapline Gallery, Stinson Beach, CA
2008 Group Show, Bedford Gallery, Civic Arts Education 45th Anniversary Exhibition, 
Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA
2008 Group Show, Fifth Annual Miniature Show, First Street Gallery, Turlock, CA
2008 Group Show, Down By the River Gallery, Locke, CA
2008 Group Show, Big Stuff, Vault Gallery, Sonora, CA
2008 Group Show, Little Gifts, Vault Gallery, Sonora, CA
2007 One Person Show, Flora and Fauna, Moraga Library, Moraga, CA
2007 Group Show, Art on a Grand Scale, Vault Gallery, Sonora, CA
2007 Group Show, Little Gifts, Vault Gallery, Sonora, CA
2006 Urban Landscapes, Vault Gallery, Sonora, CA
2006 Group Show, Nocturnes, Vault Gallery, Sonora, CA
2006 Group Show, Boat Show, Vault Gallery, Vault Gallery, Sonora, CA
2006 Group Show, Passion Paintings, Oz Gallery, Benicia. CA
2006 Group Show, Art on a Grand Scale, Vault Gallery, Sonora, CA 
2006 Group Show, Students and Friends of Bob Gerbracht, Epperson Gallery, Crockett, CA
2006 Group Show, Small Paintings, Vault Gallery, Sonora, CA
2005 Group Show, Miniatures, Oz Gallery, Benicia, CA
2005 Group Show, The Gold Country Plein Air Paint Out, Vault Gallery, Sonora, CA
2005 Group Show, Art on a Grand Scale, Vault Gallery, Sonora, CA
2004 Group Show, Small Painting Show, Vault Gallery, Sonora, CA
2004 One Person Show, Suzanne D’Arcy, Angels Camp Gallery, Angels Camp, CA
2004 Group Show, The Slopes of Diablo, Valley Art Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
2004 Group Show, The Big Picture, Vault Gallery, Sonora, CA
2004 Group Show, The Gold Country Plein Air Paint Out, Vault Gallery, Sonora, CA 
2003 One Person Show, Paintings from the Left Coast, Epperson Gallery, Crockett, CA
2003 Group Show, Miniature Show, Vault Gallery, Sonora, CA
2003 Group Show, Art of a Community, Benicia, CA
2003 Group Show, Big Stuff, Vault Gallery Sonora, CA
2002 One Person Show, Suzanne D’Arcy, Albatross Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2002 Group Show, Miniature Show, Vault Gallery, Sonora, CA
2001-2002 Scene on the Strait, Martinez, CA

Plein Air Paint Outs & Juried Plein Art Festivals
2015 California State Fair, Sacramento, CA
2015 Alameda County Fair, Pleasanton, CA
2014 Valona, Crockett, CA
2014 Scene on the Strait, Martinez CA
2013 Alameda County Fair, Pleasanton, CA
2012 Frank Bette PAPO, Alameda CA
2012 Save Mount Diablo, Walnut Creek, CA
2010 Epperson Gallery, “Valona” Crockett, CA
2010 Invitational, Concours d’Elegance, Heritage Museum, Murphy, CA
2010 Frank Bette Center for the Arts Plein Air Paint Out, Alameda CA
2009 Allied Arts, Portola Gallery, Portola, CA
2009 Scene on the Strait, Martinez, CA
2008 Locke Plein Air Paint Out, Down By the River Gallery, Locke CA
2008 Scene on the Strait, Martinez, CA
2008 Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Alameda, CA
2008 Winters Paint the Town Plein Air, Winters, CA
2007 San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival, CA
2007 Frank Bette Art Center Plein Air Competition, Alameda, CA
2007 Eight Annual Invitational Gold Country Plein Air Paint Out, Sonora, CA
2006 Valona Paint out and Show, Crockett, CA
2006 Jewel by the Sea, Alameda, CA
2006 Seventh Annual Invitational Gold Country Plein Air Paint Out, Sonora, CA
2005 Lamorinda Open Space Paint Out and Fundraiser, Moraga, CA
2005 Artists Night in Downtown, Danville, CA
2005 San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival, CA
2005, 2003-2001 Scene on the Strait, Martinez, CA
2005 Sixth Annual Invitational Gold Country Plein Air Paint Out
2004 Artist Night in Downtown, Danville, CA
2004 Lamorinda Open Space Paint Out and Fundraiser, Moraga, CA
2003 Sonoma Plein Air Festival, CA
2003 San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival, CA

Open Space/Land Preservation Memberships
Lamorinda Open Space
Save Mount Diablo

Galleries
The Garden Gallery, Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA
Epperson Gallery, Pomona Street, Crockett, CA