Kingfisher (Watercolor and gouache on paper , 16 x 10 cm , 2021)
A river winds through the Italian valley where I live. It’s often polluted by people dumping trash, but animals prevail. I was inspired to paint Kingfisher after seeing one dash over and around the river. It seemed to me to be a protector, true royalty evident by its glistening blue and orange feathers.
Darcy Marie Melton is a painter and illustrator who splits her time between the US and Italy. She is a self-taught artist working primarily in watercolor, gouache, and oil. She serves as the current art editor of Pigeon Review. Her work resides in private collections in the US and UK and has been hung in group collections in the Cannon Tunnel in Washington, D.C. as well as the Jepson Center in Savannah, GA among others. She has work forthcoming in The Lumiere Review, MASKS, and The Bitter Fruit Review.