Merlin Emrys

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“The notes, rhythm and tempo of a musical piece can evoke thoughts, feelings and sensations, much the same as colors, texture, strokes and shapes in a painting. This is certainly true in my art, which is a mirroring of my internal landscape as well as a reflection of what is happening externally.

“My paintings, because they are abstract, are essentially energy made visible. They are an exploration of the interplay between form and formlessness, emergence and dissolution, using color, texture, and the strokes of the palette knife upon the canvas.

“To create my paintings, I have to be willing to confront myself, the unknown, the shining void, to go deep within — to go crazy, even, albeit a somewhat controlled madness. It takes courage, and ongoing questing. Otherwise the vitality and energy and life and spirit could not come through.”

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“Born and raised in New York City, I was exposed to a wide variety of artwork at the local museums and galleries. I left New York in 1974, settling in northern California. In 1976 I had the good fortune to become a member of the Findhorn Community in Scotland, where I had many opportunities for personal growth and transformation. My inner world and connection with spirit deepened as a result, as did my relationship with nature.

“Returning to California in 1980, I traveled extensively through the Southwest, and eventually moved to Santa Fe in 1990. The incandescence of the light and beauty of the land have served to inspire my work.

“I began painting about a month after my father died. The impulse to do so seemingly came out of nowhere, with such force that it could not be denied. I remember reading once that the death of a parent frees one in some way, and this is the form it took for me.

“I paint with acrylics on canvas in a style best described as abstract expressionism, drawing upon personal experiences and the natural world. In my work I explore the edges of awareness, where the conscious and the unconscious intertwine, through the play of color and form. My interest is in the power of art to uplift, inspire, challenge and transform.”

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