The Art of Merl Ross

Merl Ross

For me, the act of painting is an ongoing process of exploring where memory meets imagination. When painting, I am inventing another world that has no morning or midnight, no beginning or end; instead, I try to capture a suspended moment in time. Ideally, the images act with the unexpected quality of syncopated rhythm, accenting a beat normally unaccented.

My paintings contain numerous layers of images; often an image will be buried within the work, only hinting at its form’s full existence. It is these layers and traces of creation that intrigue me, for they are a way of covering and uncovering, a way of seeing and then seeing again.

My artistic process is stimulated by that moment when rediscovering experiences can trigger the unexpected. It is this heightened anticipation that continually fuels my passion for painting. Ultimately, I strive to create an atmosphere in my work filled with mystery and vestiges of memory that engage the present.


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Main: Picnic, 2009

Slideshow: (1) Mosaic, 2008; (2) Jellyfish, 2008; (3) Aerial Circus, 2009; (4) Nature's Edge, 2008; (5) Lightness of Being II, 2009; (6) Daydream in the Garden, 2009; (7) A Wish of Stars, 2010; (8) To Be Born in Your Laughter, 2010; (9) Nocturnal Wave, 2007

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Merl Ross, Picnic 2009
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