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Artist Statement

  "As an artist, my goal is to capture the emotion and beauty of the human figure...painting the smallest details to subtle folds that bend in light and shadows."        
                        ~ Wesley Merritt

Artist Bio

   Wesley Dallas Merritt, specializing in watercolor paintings and detailed graphite drawings, grew up on a farm in central Indiana. He exhibited a talent and interest for drawing as a young child. In pursuit of his passion, he studied art at the Joe Kubert School of Art in Dover, New Jersey. After working several years as a concept artist he has developed an affinity for watercolor and has devoted himself to painting.

Specializing in contemporary realism paintings that show true emotion and beauty of the human figure.  A fine line of light and shadow characterizes his crisply detailed subjects.  Today his work has gained recognition in regional and national exhibitions and can be found in many private collections around the world.

Wesley works out of his studio in Zionsville Indiana.  He accepts commissions and would welcome the opportunity to paint subject(s) of your choice.

AWARDS

2009

Best of Show
~Among Friends~
Riley Days Art Festival

$1000 Dorothy Uber Bryan Painting Prize, Black Swamp Art Festival (Bowling Green, OH)

People's Choice
~Weight of the Day~
California Watercolor Association
National Exhibition

2nd Place at Inman Art Festival
Atlanta, Georgia

Best Drawing 
&
People's Choice Award
~They're Flowers to Me~
Central Indiana Artist Spring 2009 Competition

Award Winner at Vero Beach Art ~ Under the Oaks Art Festival
Vero Beach, Florida

2008
3rd place ~ "Butterfly in the Woods"
Merit Award ~ "Tides that Bind"
Indiana State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition

1st place ~ "The Good Witch"
People's Choice Award ~ "Tides that Bind"
Will Vawter Art Show, Greenfield Indiana

2007

1st place
Indiana State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition

2nd place
SALI National Exhibition III

Best Drawing/Mixed Media Central Indiana Artists Spring Fine Art Competition

2006
Crawfordsville Art League ~ Merit Award - First Time Exhibitor
First Place ~ Indiana State Fair - Professional Drawing Division
Second Place ~ Indiana State Fair - Professional Watercolor Division

Best of Show ~ Watercolor Society of Indiana - Zionsville
Best of Show ~ Clinton County Fine Arts Mid-Summer Art Competition
Second Place Watercolor ~ Clinton County Fine Arts Mid-Summer Art Competition

Best Professional ~ Central Indiana Artists Spring Fine Art Competition
Best Drawing/Mixed Media ~ Central Indiana Artists Spring Fine Art Competition


2005

Hancock County Riley Days Fine Art Competition
Best of Show ~ Boone County 50's Festival, Fine Art Competiton 
Indiana State Fair Fine Arts Competition
Memorial Award ~ Central Indiana Artists, Fine Art Competiton

  "As an artist, my goal is to capture the emotion and beauty of the human figure...painting the smallest details to subtle folds that bend in light and shadows."                                ~ Wesley Merritt   

 

  "As an artist, my goal is to capture the emotion and beauty of the human figure...painting the smallest details to subtle folds that bend in light and shadows."                                ~ Wesley Merritt   

 

  "As an artist, my goal is to capture the emotion and beauty of the human figure...painting the smallest details to subtle folds that bend in light and shadows."                                ~ Wesley Merritt   

 

  "As an artist, my goal is to capture the emotion and beauty of the human figure...painting the smallest details to subtle folds that bend in light and shadows."                                ~ Wesley Merritt   

 

  "As an artist, my goal is to capture the emotion and beauty of the human figure...painting the smallest details to subtle folds that bend in light and shadows."                                ~ Wesley Merritt   

 

  "As an artist, my goal is to capture the emotion and beauty of the human figure...painting the smallest details to subtle folds that bend in light and shadows."                                ~ Wesley Merritt   

 

  "As an artist, my goal is to capture the emotion and beauty of the human figure...painting the smallest details to subtle folds that bend in light and shadows."                                ~ Wesley Merritt   
2004

Mayors Choice ~ Boone County 50's Festival, Fine Art Competition

Contact Info

Wesley Dallas Merritt
 10653 Wildwood Drive
 Zionsville, Indiana 46077
ph: 317.809.6508
email: wmerritt@tds.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Galleries with Wesley Dallas Merritt works

Coyote Woman Gallery - Harbor Springs, Michigan

Artist Links of Interest

Watercolor Society of Indiana

Hoosier Salon

Southside Art League Inc

Central Indiana Artist

Arts Council of Indianapolis


Active Memberships

National Watercolor Society

Watercolor Society of Indiana

Hoosier Salon


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