Join Me at PechaKucha: Wilderness

Join us for an evening of PechaKucha presentations on the topic of Wilderness, hosted by Creative Santa Fe and presented at SITE Santa Fe.

My portraits and poems project, I AM: For the Love of Nature, has been juried into the quarterly PechaKucha presentation, hosted by Creative Santa Fe and presented at SITE Santa Fe. My presentation is titled “When Nature Calls” and it’s not the answer you may first think! 🌿

Here are the PechaKucha Wilderness details:

Doors open at 5:30 PM. The event begins at 6 PM. Light refreshments will be served.

This is a free public event with a suggested donation of $5 per attendee. Proceeds from this event support Creative Santa FeSITE Santa Fe, and PechaKucha.

Get your tickets here and now; these events have sold out in the past.

If you’re not familiar with PechaKucha, it is a unique presentation format, developed 20 years ago by two architects in Japan. It means “chit chat” and each speaker has 20 slides, 20 seconds each that auto-advance. Each presentation is exactly six minutes and forty seconds.

It’s a lively and enlivening experience that I first learned about in Hawai‘i near the time it launched. You’ve heard that saying, “I would have written a shorter letter, but I didn’t have enough time.” Well, this format demands the presenter find the time to truly focus on the core messages in a combined audio and visual format.

Our Wilderness speaker lineup is diverse and inspiring! I hope you’ll join us if possible. 🌿

turquoise trail studio tour announcement

Please Join Us at the Turquoise Trail Studio Tour

turquoise trail studio tour announcementSince Shane and I moved out of Santa Fe central, onto 6 acres in the ‘country,’ we’ve discovered an incredibly rich community of artists. We applied and were both accepted to join this year’s Turquoise Trail Studio Tour.

We’re so fortunate to have a 1000 sq ft studio on the property. We’ve spent the past year cleaning it, with Shane painting the entire inside (floor and ceiling as well as walls!) a bright white, and he also installed a heater as we had none. We’ve been busy making art the past several months and spending some time each week cleaning up the property for your visit; it had been neglected for about 15 years. Read more

Only Women Can Do That – The feminine element in photography

Due to the recommendation of my friend and mentor, photographer Linda Troeller, my work belongs to a special exhibition of women photographers. The curator, Sabine Kutt, selected my abstract photography and encouraged me to create new images for this show. The exhilarating results combine images I made in Maui, Hawaii and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Sabine also interviewed me in-depth about the work; please view it on the exhibition page linked above. We discuss the sensual and evocative nature of the work. Read more

Marie Claire Italia and Me

photo spread in Marie Claire Italia magazine with Roxanne Darling


Way back in 1996, I built and published my very first website. I cried the moment I clicked “Publish” — overwhelmed by the idea that anyone in the world could now (in theory) connect with me. I’ve always experienced the internet as an oddly spiritual place, one where like-minded and like-hearted humans connect on even the tiniest and quirkiest of shared interests. Increasingly, we don’t have to depend on lineage or geography, and instead, the power of energy is coming to the fore. It goes along with the drive for increased ‘authenticity’ and a willingness to be more of who you are and less of who you are not. In essence, we are abandoning the need to fit in for the freedom to express our unique desires and points of view. Read more

collage of shots magazine cover and B&W image of woman lying on the ground in joshua tree

Shots Magazine Selection Summer 2020

collage of shots magazine cover and B&W image of woman lying on the ground in joshua tree

Shots Magazine Editorial Selection

I entered work for the Shots Magazine theme, Into the Wild, in late Spring, 2020 — my first submission to a print publication. Having my work accepted? It gave me the “chicken skin” and a heart full of gratitude. You can find me in Shots Magazine, Issue No. 48, on page 23.

I love how they describe their editorial process, so I’m quoting it here, slightly condensed: Read more

2020 International Juried Exhibition

postcard image from 2020 international juried exhibition by center for photographic art in carmel, ca

2020 International Juried Exhibition

Juror: Aline Smithson, Editor-in-Chief, Lenscratch
Center for Photographic Art
Director: Ann Jastrab
Carmel, CA

I met Ann Jastrab at the CENTER Santa Fe review and she has been a tremendous supporter of my work. For this exhibition, over 2500 images were submitted. 110 were selected by juror, Aline Smithson. (40 in the gallery and 70 in the online show.) Aline is one of our champions in photography. I find her own photographic work technically superb and often whimsical in subject matter, resulting in a large body of work and countless awards. (I’m especially fond of this series she did with her mom.) But that’s only the start as Aline is a beloved fine art photography instructor and also runs the website, Lenscratch, which features a new photographer every single day. Read more

poster for How to Write an Artwork Essay

How to Write an Artwork Essay

poster for How to Write an Artwork Essay

Mining Your Artwork for Meaning and Methods

I was recently in a funk with my artwork from so much sheltering in place and the repetition of my schedule, my meals, etc. I am not complaining; I have it pretty easy compared to many others. But the funk is still the funk! So I listened to the audio version of the New Yorker art critic, Jerry Saltz’s, How to Be an Artist. It worked. And led me to write an artwork essay about my current photo series.

One of his points that stuck with me was about placing one’s art in the current moment and not try to fit it into art standards or methods of the past. He inspired me to embrace my tools, my methods, and my results as being part of my creative commentary on today, for today. Read more

Poetry and Prose for the Planet

photo - saying goodbye to my merchandised self by roxanne darling

Poetry and Prose for the Planet

Friday • August 14, 2020
12 – 1 pm EDT

The Cream Literary Alliance and the City of West Palm Beach Office of Sustainability present Poetry and Prose for the Planet, a literary event examining climate change.

This event features the following:
Roxanne Darling: artist and poet
Richard W. Emory, Jr.: author of Fighting Pollution and Climate Change: An EPA Veteran’s Guide How to Join in Saving Our Life on Planet Earth
Eduardo Condes: poet
Ellis Elliott: poet
Amy Dahan: poet
Laurie Kuntz: poet
David Spielberg: poet and writer Read more

Solo Show and Artist Talk at galleryFRITZ

photo of roxanne darling sitting in the grass a storm approaches

I AM: For the Love of Nature

31 January – March 15 2020

EXTENDED for two more weeks!
540 S Guadalupe St
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Opening Reception: Friday, 31 January

Artist Talk: Saturday, 15 February, 2-3 pm

Project Website:
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Presenting on Climate Change at the Norton Museum of Art

The Cream Literary Alliance in West Palm Beach is hosting an event on climate change and I’ve been invited as the featured presenter to show my photographs, read a few poems, and discuss how my work is in support of the love of nature. This 90-minute program is part of the Norton’s Art After Dark series — free events at the museum on Friday nights. Read more