Energy Chairs by Roxanne Darling

Energy Chairs, 2016

Energy Chairs by Roxanne Darling

Energy Chairs by Roxanne Darling, installed at Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii


An Interactive Installation

Original Artist Statement:

I am very interested in the exchange of energy, especially as it relates to the creation and experience of art. This piece gives the gallery visitors numerous opportunities to give and receive energy in the presence of the art. I have created an energetic space, to offer two “director” chairs, one each for directing the energy of giving and the energy of receiving.

The chairs are not fixed but are meant to be arranged by the visitor to create an experience with another visitor (itself an act of art) or to engage with the art in the gallery from the perspective of “receiving insights” or “giving appreciation” as an example. Read more

Roxanne Darling, Mistress of Her Own World, watercolor, 9x12

Watercolor Paintings from the 1990s

Roxanne Darling, Mistress of Her Own World, watercolor, 9x12

Roxanne Darling, Mistress of Her Own World, watercolor, 9×12


There was a time in the mid-1990s when I had gone through my second divorce and was waffling between careers. I was living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, an artist’s Mecca. I signed up for a watercolor class in the evening, joining a room full of mostly women (mostly older than I was) as we learned about paper, paint, color, and shape. I had no art training whatsoever.

All of my paintings were made from photographs, except the “goddess” paintings. They were inspired by postcards I found on a trip to Maui. I loved the original images, and, wanted to use them as inspiration but not to exactly copy them. I wish I had the originals as I would like to credit the artist who inspired me. Read more

Tony Walholm and Darrell Orwig, Jurors for the Voyaging Exhibition

Voyaging, 2016

Tony Walholm and Darrell Orwig, Jurors for the Voyaging Exhibition

Tony Walholm and Darrell Orwig, Jurors for the Voyaging Exhibition, with painting by Roxanne Darling


My darling partner, Shane Robinson, gave me a blank canvas that he made himself on my birthday, December 31, 2015. He wrote a special message on the canvas and it came with these conditions:
“Make a painting by your next birthday or the panel reverts to me.”

Fair enough. The blank canvas sat in my office on the floor. Months went by as I started gathering ideas. Things coalesced in the spring and in the span of less than a week, I created this painting. It was barely dry when I dropped it off for jurying, 15 minutes before closing time. The next day, I received my acceptance email. #Ecstatic! I took the I AM binary message and stamped it on a black top that I wore to the art opening. I enjoy creative expression without concern for whether it’s “high brow” or “low brow.” Read more