Handcrafted Artisan Authentic Coin Jewelry and Fine Art

Ohio, United States · 94 Sales


Handcrafted Artisan Authentic Coin Jewelry and Fine Art

Ohio, United States 94 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Fine Art original paintings and prints by artist Linda Merchant. Specializing in wildlife art and contemporary realism. Please view my complete portfolio at

Last updated on Aug 14, 2016

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Fine Art original paintings and prints by artist Linda Merchant. Specializing in wildlife art and contemporary realism. Please view my complete portfolio at

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Painterly Realism is Alive and Well

I started painting as a child after seeing the detailed wildlife artwork of Robert Bateman and Carl Brenders, as well as paintings in museums. I remember studying these paintings up close and being amazed at how detailed and lifelike these images could be, and I had a desire to learn how it was done.

Most popular and public artwork was, of course, modern in style, and it seemed no one was teaching traditional painting techniques. So, using the power of the Internet, I began studying art and art techniques through online forums, books, and other sources.

I enjoy the challenge that painting realism creates. Much like the slow-food movement, there is a certain appreciation and quality that comes with taking one's time with the creation of a work of art. Many of these paintings took weeks or months to complete, and are built up in meticulous layers. For some of the miniatures that might be shown here, I use a 10/0 spotter brush only a few hairs thick.

Thank you for taking the time to appreciate my artwork, and I hope that you enjoy your purchase as much as I have enjoyed creating it.

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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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Last updated on February 14, 2011
About the Art

As a realist artist, I can spend days, weeks, or even months on a single painting. With oils, I use a technique called glazing, which consists of many layers of oil paint applied thinly to the painting. Each layer must dry for over a day before the next can be applied. While this technique is extremely time-consuming, it allows for a luminescent effect in the final painting, as light must pass through several translucent layers of oil, much like a stained glass window.

About the Artist

While I have been painting for most of my life, I have recently had the opportunity to exhibit my work locally, and have been honored to receive extensive local recognition, including four Best of Show awards, numerous other awards, as well as requests to exhibit in public venues.

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If the piece you are buying is a pastel, please be aware that, due to the fragile nature of pastels, the seller cannot assume responsibility for any smudging or damage from transit.
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Last updated on May 22, 2016
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