I call Winston Salem, NC home. I moved here with my parents from Pennsylvania at age 3. My father was a professional artist and my mother was a professional singer. Growing up, our home was full of creativity and music. With visual art and performance art in the gene pool, how could I avoid the arts?
Following formal art studies and various jobs, in 1990 I finally settled into the art of paper-making. I created two and three-dimensional artworks, exhibiting throughout the United States & acquiring numerous awards along the way. From 1990 to 2010 I continued paper making as an art form. During this time, I also designed greeting cards. I created a unique line of handmade art cards that could be found at Neiman Marcus, Barney’s, MOMA gift shop, as well as Paris, London, Tokyo and Zurich.
Paper making, although physically taxing, was a true love. Facing the inevitable aging process, I investigated what other art forms might speak to me. I attended several workshops before finally discovering what it was, Encaustic painting. In 2012, my encaustic studio replaced my paper making studio. The adventure of joyfully making encaustic art continues. I also engage in oil painting, acrylic painting, collage, and oil pastels.
Merlyn lives in Winston Salem, NC with her Tar Heel husband, Mike and their Standard Poodle, Annie.
Encaustics is a beeswax-based paint composed of resin & pigment. Encaustic's luminosity, unpredictability & aromatic scent are all compelling reasons I chose to work with hot wax! Like the ancient art of paper making, encaustic painting is also an ancient medium revived. It was used in Rome to seal the bottom of wooden boats and ancient Egypt to seal tombs & mummies.
Annie, the studio dog!