Darice Machel McGuire lives on the beautiful Island of Maui. Her Hawaii and California landscape oil and acrylic paintings are gracing the homes and offices of collectors nationally and internationally. McGuire's choice of subject matter comes from her love of nature and all that surrounds her on a daily basis. She paints in large and small formats. Her works are represented by Village Galleries in Lahaina, The Gallery At The Ritz in Kapalua, Kaukini Gallery in Kahakuloa and Ron L Designs, Elegant Jewelry Fine Art, located at the Maui Tropical Plantation.
McGuire brings hands-on experience to her art. She spent over 40 years working and learning the art trade. Her art education was the kind that one gets from being raised by an artist and living and working in an art business. She literally grew up in the art world. Her mom is an artist and was her first oil painting teacher. Her parents owned and operated a gallery in Lake Tahoe California. Lakeside Gallery was more then just a gallery, it was an art supply store, a frame shop and an art school all in one big building. McGuire took advantage of the art classes offered by the many visiting teachers who taught summer workshops at the gallery. As her painting skills grew her mom would have her help teach the kids classes offered every Saturday. She also learned how to frame and worked in the frame shop for many many years.
"I lived and worked as an artist long before I knew I was one."
McGuire's main body of work is realism. Her subjects are landscapes and seascapes. Living in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, the tropical Island of Maui, gives her great inspiration. She is surrounded by the West Maui mountains and the beautiful Pacific ocean.
"Every day I'm greeted with incredible views. I love studying the clouds and the shadows that play along the valley of the mountains or watching the waves as they come in to caress the sandy beaches. The colors of flowers, the sky, the ocean, it all inspires me."
She also loves to explore other styles and techniques. Allowing herself the freedom to play and create like a child. This helps her to keep an open mind to new possibilities and new creations.
"I get great joy from my play time because what ever the outcome, I know it comes from my inner child and not my adult self. I try to not take myself to seriously."
Darice Machel McGuire is the owner of Art E Studio (http://www.art-e-studio.net ), an art school located in Lahaina Maui. The main focus of her school is to teach the fine art of oil and acrylic painting to children and adults, passing on the passion and tradition her mother started many years ago. McGuire is also Co-Author of "The Art Of Painting in Acrylic" book by Walter Foster Publishing. This book is perfect for anyone interested in learning how to paint with acrylics. Or for those who wish to learn a new technique. The book can be purchased through the following retailers.
Walter Foster - http://www.walterfoster.com
Qbookshop - http://www.qbookshop.com
Amazon -http:// www.amazon.com
Barnes and Noble - http://www.barnesandnoble.com
IndieBound - http://www.indiebound.org
Indigo - http://www.chapters.indigo.ca
McGuire is President of the Lahaina Arts Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing Maui County youth access to the creative arts, through education and artistic opportunities.