Otty Merrill

About the Artist

“I was born in Mahwah, New Jersey and graduated from Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts, where I studied Commercial Art . My first job was in the art department of an ad agency at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City (really!) I continued my pursuit of art at the DeCordova Museum School in Lincoln, Massachusetts.  While raising a family, I ran a small pottery business, taught ceramics and co-founded the Sherborn Arts Center, 18 miles west of Boston.  We moved to Falmouth Maine after 15 years in Amherst, New Hampshire and have now made Maine our permanent residence.”

I work out of two studios, depending on the season.  Pictured here is my Tenants Harbor studio, below my “city” studio in Portland, Maine. I continue to study art at Maine College of Art,  Haystack Mountain School in Deer Isle, Me. and at various workshops throughout the country given by professional artists. There is always something more to learn and explore. I have found that being exposed to different media…wood, fiber, wax, oils..keeps the work alive and interesting. And is alot of fun!  I teach encaustic painting in Tenants Harbor and at 26 Split Cove Studios in So.Thomaston. I travel to Tucson, Sante Fe and Kingston, NY whenever possible to advance my art with nationally known artists.  And I’ve been fortunate enough to travel abroad to such places as Poland, France, Italy, the Czech Republic..always gaining inspiration.

I am a member of the International Encaustic Artists, a national organization of artists which originated in Tucson.  I am also a member of MASSWAX, the New England affiliate of IEA.   I have been a docent at the Portland Museum of Art and a Special Events volunteer at the prestigious Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland.

In 2014 I was honored to exhibit at the National Association of Women Artists in NYC.  I have had work in shows at The Center for Contemporary Art in Rockport, Maine, and in Portland at MECA (Maine College of Art), to name a few.”

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