Round the next bend in the trail, over the next hill… seeking the quintessential elements of the “wild places” that I explore and love. Hailing from Oak Park, Illinois; raised in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, a love of horses and the west took Peet to Colorado as a child, and again in the early ’60’s.
For over twenty-five years Peet has called the Colorado Rockies (Copper Mountain) and Tucson’s Sonora Desert, home, during different times of the year. Many childhood summers were spent exploring the Chicago Art Institute and experiencing feature exhibits by Andrew Wyeth and Monet.
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 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.
Whether a 5-day pack trip into Canyon de Chelly; hiking to timberline to capture a painting of late spring snow; braving the desert sun of Saguaro National Monument; or tucked out of the wind behind scraggly, alpine evergreen, high on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, the extraordinary diversity of terrain, climate, seasons and light of the Rockies and desert, provide never-ending sources of adventure and inspiration.
And most recently… canoeing, kayaking, biking or hiking the Canadian Rockies, Alaska, Glacier National Park, California wine country and Sonoma Coast, and winter in Monument Valley offers stunning raw material for future paintings. Education and Work Experience Drawing and painting since grade school, 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.
After more than twenty years in advertising and graphic arts, Peet returned to graduate school for an M. A. in Interior Design. Prior to the introduction of C.A.D. (Computer-Aided Design), when development and presentation illustrations were done by hand, here, the intense study of architecture, color, form, composition, scale, spatial relationships and speed drawing left an indelible mark on her painting.
Over twenty creative awards have been achieved, including an Award of Excellence from the U.S. Industrial Film Festival for co-production of a documentary film; and she has served as a Project Design Team Member at the Children’s Museum, Denver, Colorado. Many years of volunteer creative and design work have been devoted to various Chambers of Commerce and health care facilities.
Darcie Peet biography:
Featured in Southwest Art, Art of the West and Western Art Collector magazines, Arizona and Colorado landscape painter, Darcie Peet is a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America; Honorary Artist Member-Mountain Oyster Club, Tucson, Arizona, and past member of the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, Laguna Plein Air Painters and Tucson Plein Air Painter Society.
Painting and living an outdoor life since childhood… Peet loves the exploration and discovery of “wild places” in seeking singular painting material. With a B.A. in Art from Colorado College and M.A. in Interior Design, University of Colorado-Denver, Peet has taught art and pursued a multi-faceted career in graphic design, advertising, and commercial interior design, when presentation materials were still hand-done vs CAD. Peet has served as a Project Design Team Member – Children’s Museum, Denver, Colorado, and many years of volunteer design work for various Chambers of Commerce and health care facilities.
Darcie Rose artist plein air painter landscape Major shows include: The Russell; Hockaday Museum’s-A Timeless Legacy: Women Artists of Glacier National Park; Cowgirl Up; Salon International; Oil Painters of America National Show; Museum of Western Art, Kerrville, Texas.
Numerous awards include Best Miniature-Hockaday Museum’s Women Artists of Glacier National Park; Oil Painters of America-Landscape Award; Salon International-Western Genre Award; 1st Place, 2-Dimensional-Cowgirl Up Show. Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters-Best of Show, Collector’s Choice and Artists’ Choice Awards; and American Art Collector Award of Excellence-American Women Artists National Show; In June 2017, Peet was honored with the cover of Southwest Art Magazine along with another feature article.
Peet’s work is in private, museum and corporate collections including the Pearce Museum, Corsicana, Texas, Vail Valley Medical Center, The Steadman Clinic and Arrabelle Hotel, Vail, Colorado, and Mountain Oyster Club, Tucson, Arizona.
Darcie Peet notes that the national parks were always part of her growing-up years. She recalls adventure tales as she browses black & white photo albums of her folks hiking in Arches, Zion, the Grand Canyon, Rocky Mt. National Park, the Tetons, Yellowstone, Yosemite and Death Valley. Glacier National Park was always special, as her Dad, as an Eagle Scout, spun tales of his time there building and repairing trails. Darcie’s sister took him back to hike on his 70th birthday. Her father refers to Darcie as a “chip off the old block,” as she too grew up involved in all sorts of outdoor activities. Today, for her painting, she seek the quintessential elements of those “wild places.”
Hailing from Oak Park, Illinois; raised in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, a love of horses and the west took Peet to Colorado as a child, and again in the early ‘60’s. For over thirty years Peet has called the Colorado Rockies (Copper Mountain) and Tucson’s Sonora Desert, home, different times of the year.
Throughout primary and secondary school Peet was involved in advanced art classes and weekend, high school drawing classes at Pittsburgh’s, Carnegie Institute of Technology. With a B.A. in Art and M.A. in Interior Design, Peet has taught art and pursued a multi-faceted career in graphic design, advertising, and commercial interior design, prior to the introduction of C.A.D. (Computer-Aided Design), when project design development and presentation boards were done by hand.
Since childhood, her two great passions have always been painting and outdoor adventure, especially throughout the American West, from Alaska to the desert Southwest. So much of the exhilaration in painting is in the initial quest… the journey, the adventure in finding those “off-the-beaten-path” settings and hidden jewels. Having been a plein air painter for many years, she now travels further into the wilderness with a camera to take back with her as much raw material, experiences, mood and memories as possible. Hiking, cycling, canoeing, riding, camping and kayaking, she seeks a vital sense of place and glimpse into the powerful personality of these humbling, bold, back country spaces that Darcie reveres and respects.
Featured in Southwest Art, Art of the West and Western Art Collector, Peet, is a Signature Member-Oil Painters of America and honorary Artist Member-Tucson’s historic Mountain Oyster Club. Key awards include 1st Place, 2-Dimensional-Cowgirl Up Show; Oil Painters of America-National Landscape Award; Salon International-Western Genre Award as well as numerous awards in past years including Best of Show, First Place, Artists’ Choice and Collectors’ Choice. Paintings hang in the permanent collection of the Pearce Museum, Corsicana, TX; the Arrabelle Hotel and Vail Valley Medical Center, Vail, CO. Peet’s work is often commissioned and in galleries in Montana, Colorado & Arizona.
M. A. Interior Design: University of Colorado, Denver, School of Architecture
Nominated to Who’s Who in American College Students, Award of Scholastic Excellence
Elected to the Honorary Society for Architecture and Allied Arts, Tau Sigma Delta
Additional Fine Arts Education and Study with Noted Artists
– Wayne Wolfe and Ralph Oberg, Juried Masters Workshop – Ouray, CO
– Skip Whitcomb, George Strickland, Kenn Backhaus, Joe Abbrescia, John Budicin, Howard Carr
– Matt Smith, Mark Boedges, Jove Wang
– Roger Shimomura (Univ. of Kansas) – Split Rock Fine Arts – Duluth, MN
– University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (Painting and Art History)
– Fresno State College, Fresno, CA (Painting)
– Carnegie Mellon Institute, Pittsburgh, PA (Drawing)
Oil Painters of America (OPA) – Signature Member
Mountain Oyster Club, Tucson, AZ – Honorary Artist Member
Friends of Western Art, Tucson, AZ
Select Shows and Juried Exhibitions
2020-2019 Museum of Western Art – 37th Annual Western Art Exhibition & Sale, Kerrville, TX
2020-2019, 2017-2016 Hockaday Museum, A Timeless Legacy-Women Artists of Glacier Natl Park, Kalispell, MT
2020-2018 Broadmoor Art Experience, Colorado Springs, CO
2020, 2018-2017, 2014-2013, 2009-2007 Oil Painters of America – National Juried Exhibition
2020-2015, 2011 Settlers West Gallery of Fine Art – Summer Show – Tucson, AZ
2020-2008 Settlers West Gallery of Fine Art – The American Miniature Show – Tucson, AZ
2019 Museum of Western Art – Hill Country Holiday Miniatures, Kerrville, TX
2019-2009 Settlers West Gallery of Fine Art – The Great American West Show – Tucson, AZ
2019-1999 Mountain Oyster Club Western Art Show – National Juried Exhibit – Tucson, AZ
2019 Breckenridge Fine Arts Center – 28th Annual Juried Show, Breckenridge, TX
2019-2017 Mountain Oyster Club Artist Members’ Show, Tucson, AZ
2019-2017 A.Banks Gallery-Holiday Miniature Show-Bozeman, MT
2018-2017 K.Newby Gallery & Sculpture Garden – Enormous Tiny Art Show – Tubac, AZ
2018-2017 K.Newby Gallery & Sculpture Garden – New works & demonstration – Tubac, AZ
2017, 2015, 2008-2006 Oil Painters of America – Western Regional Exhibition
2017, 2009 American Impressionist Society – National Exhibition
2016, 2015, 2012 Cogswell Gallery – Solo Exhibition & demonstrations, Vail, CO
2016, 2013, 2011 Featured artist show and painting demonstration – Big Horn Gallery, Tubac, AZ
2015 American Women Artists – National Exhibition, Scottsdale, AZ
2015-2010 Cowgirl Up! Desert Caballeros Museum, Wickenburg, AZ
2014 Dick Idol signature Gallery – Solo Show, Whitefish, MT
2014 Trailside Gallery, Masters in Miniature Invitational Show, Jackson, WY
2014-2006 Salon International – Greenhouse Fine Art, San Antonio,TX
2014-2010 The Russell: The Sale to Benefit the C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana
2014 Greenhouse Fine Art – Western Art and Landscape Show, San Antonio, TX
2013-2007 Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art – Anniversary Show, San Antonio, TX
2012-2011 Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art – Spring Festival Show, San Antonio, TX
2010-2009 Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art – Great Impressions Exhibit, San Antonio, TX
2010 C.M. Russell Museum – Masters in Miniature, Great Falls, Montana
2010-2003 Empire 100 Western Art Show and Sale, Tucson, AZ
2010-2004 Summer Round-Up Show – Big Horn Gallery, Cody, WY
2010-2008 Nomadas del Arte – National Plein Air Show
2009-2004 Fall Classic Show – Big Horn Gallery, Cody, WY
2008-2006 Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters – National Event – Elk Horn Gallery, Winter Park, CO
2008 Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters – The Seasons Show – Loch Vale Fine Art, Estes Park, CO
2008-2006 Best of Plein Air – Laguna Plein Air Painters Association
2008-2005, 2003 Tucson Plein Air Painters’ Society-Juried Show, Tubac and Tucson, AZ
2007 Sedona Plein Air Festival – 3rd Annual – Sedona, AZ
2006-2001 Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters Association Juried Members Annual Exhibit
2009-2004 Group show and painting demonstration – Big Horn Gallery, Tubac, AZ
2006 Arizona Plein Air 2006 – Wild Wild West Plein Air Show, Scottsdale, AZ
2006 Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters – 3’d Annual Signature Members Show, Steamboat Springs, CO
2006 Tucson Museum of Art – Ready Set D’Art Benefit-Invited to participate
2005, 2003 Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Plein Air Show-National Juried Exhibit-Tucson, AZ
2005 Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters – Estes Park Fall Colors Paint-Out and exhibit
2005 Miniature Show Invitational-El Presidio Gallery, Ruidoso, NM
2005 Arts for the Parks-Top 100
2005 Two artist show – Cogswell Gallery, Vail, CO
2005 Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters-Feature Artist Show – Snowfire Gallery, Estes Park, CO
2005-1999 4-Artist show – El Presidio Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2005 Rocky Mt. Plein Air Painters National juried paint-out and show-Jackson Hole, WY
2005-2004 Two-artist show – Big Horn Gallery, Tubac, AZ
2005-2004 Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters – Invited guest artist – La Mariposa paint-out show, Tucson, AZ
2004 Featured Artist Show and painting demonstrationæEl Presidio Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2004 Vail Wine and Fine Arts Faire-Featured artist and painting demonstration-Cogswell Gallery, Vail, CO
2004-2003 Estes Park Plein Air Exhibition Painting the ParksæRocky Mountain National Park, CO
2003 Plein Air Artists Show – El Presidio Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2003-1999 American Plains Artists Juried Invitational – Midland, TX
2003 Summer Art and Music Show – El Presidio Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2002-2000 Miniature Show El Presidio Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2001 Visions of Canyon De Chelly – 5 artist-5 day plein air painting expedition – El Presidio Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2001-1999 Best and the Brightest-Scottsdale Artist’s School Juried Exhibit, Scottsdale, AZ
2001-2000 Plein Air Tucson
2000 Anniversary Show El Presidio Gallery, Tucson, AZ
1999-1996 Solo Show, Upper Midwest Regional Shows – Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery, Grand Marais, MN
Recognition, Awards and Honors:
Mountain Oyster Club, Tucson, AZ – Honorary Artist Member
Corporate Collections: Arrabelle Hotel, Rock Resorts, Vail, CO
Vail Valley Medical Center, Vail, CO
Pearce Museum, Corsicana, TX, permanent collection
Mountain Oyster Club, Tucson, AZ, permanent collection
Judge, Women Artists of the West (WAOW) 50th Anniversary Show, Settlers West Gallery, Tucson, AZ, March 2020
Friends of Western Art, Tucson, AZ, Guest Speaker, April 2019
National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS)
Fall 2019 Online International Exhibit: Merit Award
A Timeless Legacy: Women Artists of Glacier National Park – Hockaday Museum, Kalispell, MT
2017 Best Miniature
American Women Artists-National Exhibit – Bonner David Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2015 American Art Collector – Award of Excellence
Cowgirl Up! National Exhibit – Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, AZ
2014 First Place-2 Dimensional on Canvas
Oil Painters of America-National Exhibit
2013 John Marion Pardy Landscape Award of Excellence
American Impressionist Society
2009 Award of Merit
Arts for the Parks
2005 Top 100
Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
2008 Award of Excellence – Quick Draw
Nomadas del Arte
2010 Honorable Mention
2008 Award of Excellence
Salon International, San Antonio, TX
2013 Jury’s Top 60 Award
2012 Merit Award-Western Genre
2012-2010, 2008 – 2006 Jury’s Top 50 Award
Tucson Plein Air Painters’ Society – Juried show – Tucson, AZ
2009 Third Place, Honorable Mention
2008 Third Place
2007 First Place and Honorable Mention
2006 Artists’ Choice Award
2005, 2003 First Place
Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters Association “Best of Plein Air”
2007 Honorable Mention
Rocky Mt. Plein Air Painters – National juried exhibit and quick draw
2008 Award of Excellence-Winter Park, CO
2006 Award of Merit -Winter Park, CO
2005 Best of Show -Jackson Hole, WY
Rocky Mt. Plein Air Painters – Painting the Parks – Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
2004 Artists’ Choice Award
2004 Collectors’ Choice Award
2003 Award of Excellence
Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters Association Juried Members Annual Exhibit
2003 Honorable Mention
American Plains Artists Juried Invitational – Midland Texas
2003 Honorable Mention and paintings selected to travel to the Ellen Noel Art Museum, Odessa TX
2002 One of 27 paintings selected to travel to the Ellen Noel Art Museum, Odessa TX
Plein Air Tucson
2001 Best Floral
2019 Western Art Collector,”Marking a Milestone:
The Mountain Oyster Club Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of its
Contemporary Western Art Show and Sale.” P. 146-147.
2019 Western Art Collector,”Collector’s Focus: Painting the National Parks
Leave It As It Is,” P. 78-79, 81, 84. July 2019.
2019 Western Art Collector,”Heating Up,” P.122-123, 125. May 2019.
2019 Western Art Collector, “Collector’s Focus: Western Landscapes,” p.125, March 2019.
2019 Western Art Collector, “State of the Art: Arizona, Darcie Peet” p.100, January 2019.
2018 Western Art Collector, “Collector’s Focus: Painters of Mountains-Evolving Peaks,”p.96-97, June 2018.
2018 Western Art Collector, “Art Show Preview-Mountain Retreat,” (Oil Painters of America), p.120,122, May 2018.
2018 Western Art Collector, “State of the Art: Arizona, Darcie Peet” p.75, January 2018.
2018 Western Art Collector, “Collector’s Focus: Roaming the West” p.71;
“Miniature Traditions” P. 50, 53. February 2018.
2018 Western Art Collector, “State of the Art: Arizona, Darcie Peet” p.75, January 2018.
2017 Southwest Art, “American Impressionist Society,” p.26, 27, October 2017.
2017 Southwest Art, magazine cover and feature article, “Wilderness Tidings” p.58-63, June 2017.
2017 Western Art Collector, “Collector’s Focus: Painting Canyons & Deserts-Muted Majesty” p.78-79, May 2017.
2017 Western Art Collector, “Embracing the Heat,” p.113, 115, May 2017.
2017 Western Art Collector, “Collector’s Focus: Western Landscapes” p.68, March 2017.
2017 Western Art Collector, “Wall to Wall” p.84, February 2017.
2017 Western Art Collector, “Collector’s Focus: Winterlands” p.60, 62, February 2017.
2017 Western Art Collector, “State of the Art: Arizona, Darcie Peet” p.90, January 2017.
2016 Western Art Collector, “Montana’s Legacy” p.43, May 2016.
2016 Western Art Collector, “Summer offerings” p.79, 81, May 2016.
2016 Western Art Collector, “State of the Art: Arizona, Darcie Peet” p.80, January 2016.
2015 Southwest Art, “Wide Open Spaces – Darcie Peet,” p.77, February 2015.
2014 Western Art Collector, “Forces of Nature. Contemporary Western Landscapes,”
“Darcie Peet” p.86, March 2014.
2014 Western Art Collector, “State of the Art: Arizona, Darcie Peet” p.88, January 2014.
2013 Western Art Collector, “Recreating the Adventure-
Landscape painter Darcie Peet evokes majesty and fascination,” P. 158-159, March 2013
2013 Western Art Collector, “State of the Art: Arizona, Darcie Peet” p.75, January 2013.
2012 The Vail Daily, “Love Affair with Landscape,” July 20, 2012. p.B13
2012 Western Art Collector, “Cowgirl Camaraderie,” P.189, 191, 193, March 2012
2012 The Vail Daily, “Artist Darcie Peet exhibits new work in Vail at Cogswell Gallery,” P. B7, February 18, 2012.
2011 Western Art Collector, “Genre of Place-Collecting Landscape Art,” p. 108, 112, March 2011.
2011 Western Art Collector, “State of the Art: Arizona” p. 67, January 2011.
2010 American Art Collector, “Golden State,” p.170-173, September 2010.
2010 Western Art Collector, “COWGIRL UP! Top female artists capture the spirit of the West,”
p. 88, 92-93, March 2010
2010 Art of the West, “Getting There is My Elation,” p. 44-49, January 2010
2010 Western Art Collector, “State of the Art-Arizona,” p. 69, January 2010
2009 American Art Collector, “National Juried Exhibition of the American Impressionist Society,”
p.90,94, October 2009.
2009 American Art Collector, “Perceptions of Place,” p.164-167, September 2009.
2009 The Desert Leaf, “Darcie Peet: A Painter’s Journey” p.51, 63, March 2009.
2008 Southwest Art, “Exclamation Points- Darcie Peet,” p.86-91, p. 164, July 2008.
2008 Vail Valley Magazine, STYLE: “Darcie Peet: Exploration and Discovery,” Style p.62-63, Summer 2008.
2007 Sedona Red Rock News, The Scene,, “Plein air artists paint live and on deadline,” p. 3, October 19, 2007.
2007 Cowboys and Indians, “Gallery Tour-Darcie Peet,” p. 68, January 2007.
2006 Steamboat Today – 4 Points, “Quick Draw” –
“Plein air painters have one week to capture the Yampa Valley on canvas” p.10-11, July 7, 2006.
2005 Southwest Art, “Peet Wins Top Award,” p. 42, October 2005.
2005 Art of the West, “Darcie Peet Wins Best of Show,” p. 95, September/October 2005.
2005 Vail Daily, “Cogswell Gallery Hosts Artists, Darcie Peet, Melissa Cooper,” B6, August 27, 2005.
2005 Summit Daily News, “Local Artist Wins Best of Show,” A10, August 9, 2005
2005 Southwest Art, “Water in the Landscape-Darcie Peet,” Feb. 2005
2005 Cultural Times, “Darcie Peet-Plein Air Painter,” Jan-Feb 2005
2004 Southwest Art, “On the Scene, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Event,” p.30, Nov 2004.
2004 Art Talk, Art Buzz, p. 10, Nov/Dec 2004.
2004 Vail Daily, “Cogswell Shows Darcie Peet,” B2, September 14, 2004.
2004 Vail Daily, “Local Artist Garners Big Award,” Front Page and B1, September 7, 2004.
2004 Art Life-Arizona, “Artist Profile-Darcie Peet,” Key 27-28, Vol. 17.
2001-2002 Art Life-Arizona, Fall/Winter, “En Plein Air,” One of a 5-artist group on Canyon de Chelly painting trek.
1997 Lake Superior Magazine, “Five Artists of Vision,” p. 21, May 1997.