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Darlene Van Sickle

Bright is Uplifting

Artist Statement:  I have always loved art and animals but never got around to combing these two passions until five years ago, when I learned to watercolor upon retirement.  At first, I struggled with the urge to use watercolor paint like an oil painter.   When I finally realized that the operative word in watercolor was “water,” I finally got the hang of it.  Now, I love it.  Generally, I like to paint large animals, flowers, and colorful landscapes. I particularly love large animals like moose, elephants, giraffes, and pigs.  Animals intrigue me.  When I observe them or their pictures, I wish I could talk to them.  I’d love to know what they are thinking.   So I try to guess what their personalities are like.   Through my art, I try to bring out their spirit, usually striking a playful and colorful pose.  I hope I am conveying to my viewers what I am trying to capture.    

Artist Bio:  Darlene Van Sickle lives in Malta, NY, with her husband, Josh Schenkman and their German Shepherd(s).   Darlene has lived in Saratoga County for over 40 years because she greatly enjoys this environment and all it has to offer; specifically Saratoga, the Adirondack Mountains, hiking, snow shoeing, canoeing, and horse racing.    Art has always been on the back burner for Darlene.  Her first two careers did not involve art.  Graduating with a Master’s Degree in teaching from SUNY Albany, Darlene taught in public and private schools for about 9 years.  She then switched careers and began law school.  Darlene’s legal career was with New York State government.  She retired as a Principal Attorney after working for the State for nearly 30 years.  Upon retirement, Darlene finally devoted time to her love of art.  She learned to watercolor.   Darlene loves to paint animals, flowers, and colorful landscapes.   She has exhibited her paintings at the 2014 Lake Placid Animals and Adirondacks juried show, 2014 Buck Moon juried arts festival, Round Lake Arts and Attitudes shows 2013, 2014 and 2015, as well North Country Arts and Saratoga Arts.  Her “feel-good” paintings have sold to the Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital and Capital District Women’s Bar Association, among others.  

Visit Darlene’s artist website HERE 

Darlene’s artwork would have been on display at Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library for the month of August. 

Out on a Limb
mixed media
$450
Yellow Tulips in Red Vase
mixed media
$300
Enchanted Moose
watercolor
$275
Tulips With Lemons and Lime
mixed media
$400
The Donkey
watercolor
$300
Cow in the Dolomite Mountains
mixed media
$275
Lovestruck Moose
mixed media
$275
Sunflowers and Alstroes in a Vase
mixed media
$400
Mudders
india ink and watercolor
$275
Brightly-Colored Irises
india ink and watercolor
$175
Big Red Pot of Sunflowers
mixed media
$450
Poppies in a White Pitcher
mixed media
$450
Friends of the Adirondack VII
mixed media
$400
Still-Life With Stargazer Lilies
india ink and watercolor
$275