Linda Merchant's Profile

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I have been working with paint and brushes for as long as I can remember. Although I have never gone to art school or had formal art classes, it has always been my obsession to portray the world through paint or pencil.

I have been drawn to the portrayal of wildlife in its most personal form, giving the observer a sense of closeness with the animals that I paint. In particular, creating a composition in which the eyes are the most prominent and detailed feature creates a sense of intimacy and realism that few people typically experience on a daily basis. Through the portrayal of wildlife and natural settings, I also hope to kindle in people a sense of beauty and wonder, as well as the need for preservation of these creatures and places, as encounters with endangered species like these may soon become a thing of the past.

I try to keep my work…

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  • Joined August 25, 2009

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Oils, Soft Pastels, Acrylic, Scratchboard, Watercolor, Colored Pencil

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About

I have been working with paint and brushes for as long as I can remember. Although I have never gone to art school or had formal art classes, it has always been my obsession to portray the world through paint or pencil.

I have been drawn to the portrayal of wildlife in its most personal form, giving the observer a sense of closeness with the animals that I paint. In particular, creating a composition in which the eyes are the most prominent and detailed feature creates a sense of intimacy and realism that few people typically experience on a daily basis. Through the portrayal of wildlife and natural settings, I also hope to kindle in people a sense of beauty and wonder, as well as the need for preservation of these creatures and places, as encounters with endangered species like these may soon become a thing of the past.

I try to keep my work as realistic as possible, because that is where my abilities are stretched the most. The fine details of a piece may take weeks to complete, but the illusion of reality that this extra time allows is essential to the quality of the finished piece.

Most of my recent work has either been in oils, soft pastels, or colored pencil, although I use watercolors, gouache, scratchboard, and acrylics as well. I am continually surprised by the versatility of colored pencil, an undervalued medium, and its ability to create incredible detail in one's work. Colored pencil is also extremely time consuming due to the number of layers needed to create a finished work, and a small portrait might take weeks to finish. In oils, I practice the art of glazing, utilized so frequently by the old masters. This technique requires layer upon layer of paint to be added to each other, waiting a day or more for each layer to dry. While intensely time consuming, this technique gives paintings a luminescent quality, allowing light to pass through each layer in turn.

For more about my work, please visit http://www.lamgallery.com/

Comments from “From Paws to Plumage – The Wildlife Art of Linda Merchant” one-woman show at Penitentiary Glen Nature Center, Kirtland Ohio.

“Impressed and amazed by not only Linda's skill, but the intense empathy she captures for the animals! Her talent and devotion to painting are inspiring!” - JZ

“Loved it – such talent! Loved the cake and candy! And of course the animals. So real – just WOW.” - JC

“Talented – beautiful paintings – professional!! What a treat for the eyes and soul!”

“Extraordinary Work! Linda – thank you for reviving realism in your art. The show is just a display of stunning work.” - LS

“Rich, vivid colors with beautiful depictions of the wildlife.” - KC

“Linda Merchant is Amazing – Thought some were photographs instead of oil on canvas. Congrats on another quality show!!” - MR

“Quality of light on feathers and fur; the way Linda has captured expression and animal intelligence in their eyes. Information on how pigments were made from natural materials was awesome. Think about what the famous old masters had to prepare before they sat down to paint!” - SR

“Wonderful, beautiful work! Love your style.” - BF

“The picture 'Last Light' – a remarkable talent to depict light – I kept looking for an actual light source – but it's the painting itself that lights up.”

“Stunning animal paintings – Ms. Merchant's talent is God-givem!” - JT

“Enjoyed viewing the original paintings of the gifted Linda Merchant. Liked the paintings of the animals, as well as the fruits and vegetables. The 'apple' looks so real!” - JK

“My 8 year old daughter likes the fennec fox – she says it is sooo cute and looks just like the real one. I like the Anatomy of an Oil painting, watching the painting come to life. Well done! Every fruit looks good enough to eat and every animal ready to scurry away.” - JL

“Beautiful and realistic paintings. I so enjoyed seeing them in real life. What God given talent.” - KD

“We are extremely impressed with your technique. Each print is beautiful.” - JL

“Absolutely beautiful work – Thank you!” - EP

“Wonderful! Very impressive.” - SB

“It is all absolutely stunning and awesome. Thank you we are grateful!” - JK

“Beautiful! Renditions of wildlife and miscellaneous. Soft, sensual, and accurate in style. I, too, am a wildlife artist and can appreciate your work.” - TR

“Artist shows not only great talent but also great sensitivity to her subjects.” - JA

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