Darthea Cross

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My paintings refect the various rock formations along the coast and in the mountains throughout New England and the Maritimes. 

As with all my work, these paintings are a visual chronicle of my continued exploration of the deep silence within nature, as well as within ourselves. These moments of quietude offer a glimpse, a refection, of the profound wholeness of which everything is a part. 

I am intrigued by the interplay of color and line in each of the parts, whether that part is a close observation of a tidal pool and a rock crevice or a distant view of a mountain peak or valley. 

Each of my paintings begins by following nature and never completely leaves the natural context. Realistic contour lines provide an entry point for the viewer; other lines establish a sense
of the abstract by creating fat or formless spaces. Similarly, the color scheme originates in nature but is not confned to it. 

As I work I am reliving the walk - the location of the subject matter - and I am reminded of the duality between the fragility of nature and its power and magnitude. 

" Stand before it and there is no beginning / Follow it and there is no end." - Tao Te Ching 


Darthea Cross is a mixed media artist based out of Massachusetts.  Her artwork explores a multitude of themes and combines different mediums creating visually striking images for the viewer. 

Graduating from both Boston University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Cross has celebrated a bountiful career showing professionally as an artist since 1995.   Noteworthy exhibits include three solo shows; “A Chair Well Known,” at The Christopher C. Brodigan Gallery, Gronton, MA 2004. “Draw up a Chair,” The Indian Hill Music Center, in Littleton, MA, 2005 and at The Charter Trust Company, in Concord, NH, 2009. 

In addition, Cross has participated in numerous group shows, including at the prestigious Copley Society of Art, The Cahoon Museum of American Art, and The Powers Gallery.  Cross’s paintings are also included in the collections at theCharter Trust Company,  FidelityInvestments, Meditech and Wellington Management Group. Cross now lives and works in Maynard, MA.