Becky Darling



1969-1973BA, Art Education, Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC
1973-1977Studied privately with Robert Paine
1979-1981New Hampshire Institute of Arts
1981-1982Studied with Kay Kandra
1981, '82, and '84Carlton Plummer Watercolor Workshops
1999, 2000Maine College of Art Summer Watercolor Workshops
2003Don Andrews Watercolor Workshops
Group Shows and Exhibits
2017Terra Incognita, three person show, McGowan Fine Art, Concord, NH
2011-presentFaculty Shows, Kimball Jenkins Estate, Concord, NH
2009Contemporary at the Coast I, McGowan Fine Art, Wentworth Coolidge Mansion, Portsmouth, NH
2005Three Person Show, Lyceum Gallery, The Derryfield School
200519th Annual Omer T. Lassonde Memorial Juried Competition
2005New Hampshire Art Association, Annual Exhibition, Currier Museum of Art
2003Sulloway, Hollis & Soden, Group Show
2002York Art Assocation Spring Show, Merit Award
2001"Alchemy of Color", Three person show, McGowan Fine Art, Concord, NH
2001"Celebrating New Hampshire Forests", McGowan Fine Art, Concord, NH
1999"Mountain Vistas & Coastal Views", two person show, McGowan Fine Art, Concord, NH
1997Monotype Guild of New England Show, Library Arts Council, Newport, NH
1996NHAA Annual Exhibition, sponsored by the Currier Museum of Art
"Garden Impressions" curated by McGowan Fine Art, traveling show in NH
1995Group Show, Newport Library Arts Center, Newport, NH
NHAA juried exhibit: Sunapee Fair-Grace Bliss Stewart award for monotype
1994"One of One, Monoprints/Monotypes" invitational group show, McGowan Fine Art, Concord, NH
Sharon Arts Center Annual Juried Show, Honorable Mention for monotype
1993Goldsboro's 13th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition, Goldsboro, NC
8th Annual NH Arts Biennial Exhibition, NH Institute of Arts, Honorable Mention for monotype
Priscilla Hartley Gallery, Kennebunkport, ME, sponsored by Monotype Guild of New England
NHAA 47th Annual Exhibit, Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH
"Watercolor, A New England Tradition: Invitational Group Show", McGowan Fine Art, Concord, NH
1991Regional Exhibit, Newport Library Arts Center, Newport, NH
NHAA 45th Annual Exhibit, Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH
1990-92Arthritis Foundation Benefit Exhibition
1989Finalist's Exhibit, NH Wildflower Poster Competition, Concord, NH
Two-person Exhibit, The English Gallery, Peterborough, NH
1987NHAA All Media Show
NHAA Minis Show
1986Churchill's Old Newbury, Newburyport, MA
1985Duxbury Art Association Winter Juried Show, Duxbury, MA
South Shore Art Center Winter Juried Show, Cohasset, MA
Goldsboro's 6th Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibition, Goldsboror, NC
Honorable Mention
NHAA 39th Annual Exhibit, Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH
1983-presentSunapee Fair, NHAA Exhibitions
Professional Experience
2011-presentFaculty, Kimball Jenkins School of Art, Concord, New Hampshire
2000-presentRoster Artist, VSAarts, New Hampshire
1992-2001Art Specialist, Warner Cooperative Kindergarten
1992Member, Monotype Guild of New England
1982Juried Member of the New Hampshire Art Association
1974-1979Taught art at Goffstown Area High School, Goffstown, NH
1973Art Director at summer camp for children with special needs,
Columbia, SC

Artist's Statement

            As a watercolorist, I am intrigued by the fluidity and unpredictable nature of the medium when working with a wet into wet approach.  One never knows exactly how the colors will intermingle and flow as they merge while wet. This is one of the true joys of watercolor and makes it unlike any other medium.  The title of the show, “Terra Incognita”- unexplored territory, can aptly describe the development of a watercolor painting using these approaches. 

I have a long standing love with the landscape and much of my outdoor painting time is spent with my sketchbooks on site and in the canoe making color sketches and notes.  Working in the sketchbooks is one of my favorite things to do as they serve as a treasure trove of memories, observation, and inspiration.  I continue to enjoy using more intense color in my landscape work, and for this show, I have enjoyed exploring “new territory” in several different ways –

-approaching familiar landscapes in a different way compositionally 

-exploring familiar landscapes using new color combinations

-exploring new locations in New Hampshire and Maine

-exploring different times of day and effects of light on the landscape

Works in this show are inspired by the various seasons and moods of the New Hampshire landscape as well as trips in the canoe on various lakes such as Umbagog and many painting sessions on the coast of Maine – from Drakes Island to Acadia and Swans Island.  It is my hope to intrigue and inspire the viewer, creating a connection to the mood and place of the painting.