Melissa J Merritt

Contact: Instagram: honeybeemerritt


Agave 20″ x 30″

I photograph my subjects extensively before planning my compositions, taking time to look closely and enjoy the beauty of each plant, puddle or rock.  This painting features an agave plant that bloomed outside our second story window, allowing for an unusual view into the heart of the crown of flowers.  The plant was host to many pollinators including an army of hummingbirds and served as a great inspiration.  Watercolor is my favorite medium because it is just like nature.  Or better still, it is part of nature and lends itself so willingly to the cause-to honor the natural world and connect deeply with the plants and beauty that surrounds us. There is nothing so satisfying as watching the water flow and the colors bleed together to become the petals of a flower or the veins of a leaf. I use a grid technique to divide complicated reference into bite-sized pieces.  Many artists throughout time, including Leonardo and Chuck Close, have used this method.  It is a process for enlarging or scaling up, but also allows for a division of visual data.  The real enjoyment comes with treating every shape as a tiny meditation, a practice of living in the moment. You can only ever paint one shape at a time.

Crabapple 30″ X 60″
Aspen Vista 18″ X 60″
Autumn Aspen 18″ X 60″
Spring Aspen 30″ X 60″
Cota Navajo Tea 16″ X 20″
Angela’s Honeysuckle 20″ X 30″
Globemallow 40″ X 60″
Stream with Oak leaf 18″ X 40″
Plum Blossom 30″ x 36″
Autumn Puddle 30″ X 36″
Blooming Cholla 30″ X 40″
Gambel Oak in Rio En Medio 30″ x 36″
Redbud 12″ X 18″
Datura 30″ x 30″
Helebore 16″ X 20″
Volcanic Outcropping 30″ X 30″
Mojave Sage 30″ X 40″
Norski Trail 40″ x 50″
Birds-somewhere in Oklahoma 16″ X 16″
Corn 22″ X 28″
Esther’s Bolete 18″ X 24″
Max’s Beehive Cactus 16″ X 20″
Desert 4 O’clock 16″ x 20″
Big Tesuque stream 18″ X 24″
Evening Primrose 24″ X 30″
Silverleaf Nightshade 16″ X 20″
Santa Fe Cholla 16″ X 20″
Maximillian Sunflower 16″ X 20″
Milkweed 16″ X 20″
Prickly Pear Cactus 24″ X 30″
Indian Paintbrush 18″ X 40″
Claret Cup 18″ X 40″

Melissa J Merritt Artist Bio.

Melissa Merritt is an exhibiting member of the Santa Fe Society of Artists and the Santa Fe Artists Market.  She is inspired by the natural world and enjoys capturing the colors and textures of nature.  Melissa has an affinity for plants and an unconventional perspective that shapes her compositions.  She works predominantly in watercolor and occasionally in mixed-media collage. Her work is part of many private collections in Santa Fe, Austin, Fort Worth, Chicago, Nashville, and New York.  Melissa studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she received a B.F.A. in Illustration and an A.A.S. in Jewelry Design.  She later studied in Florence and was accepted into an artist residency at the Byrdecliffe Artist Colony in Woodstock, New York.  Melissa completed her art specialist certification at Parsons School of Design, New School University and completed her M.A. in Art and Art Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.  Melissa is the visual art educator at the Rio Grande School in Santa Fe.

Melissa uses transparent Schminke watercolors on stretched Arches watercolor paper.  The paintings are coated with Golden archival varnish to protect against UV light and reduce light damage.  Giclées made with archival ink on acid-free German Etch Hahnemuhle paper are also available.

Contact: Instagram: honeybeemerritt