Artist Statement

I love color–my primary tool of expression. Intense color is one attribute that all of my artwork has in common. I paint using both oil and acrylic depending on the picture I am painting. My work shows movement and energy. I use color to show balance that provides transformation and interface with the energy in my work. My pieces are created in many layers. I work so that something from each layer is allowed to show through to increase the sense of multiple dimensions and depth.

A vision or feeling may serve as my inspiration. Whether the finished piece is a highly realistic portrayal, or abstract in nature, I strive to infuse my art with a sense of the obscurity and splendor. I have been painting for 25 years and have enjoyed my journey.

Bern Merlo