About: Exhibition of works by Kelsey Merkle highlights her passion for portraiture. Her subtlety of expression creates exaggerated moods and captures the souls and personality of the celebrities, family, and friends she muses. Using a blended hyper-realist, yet surrealist style reminiscent of Art Nouveau and Pop-Art, and a variety of mediums such as oil, acrylic, water color and graphite, she is able to imbue grand personality and individuality to her subjects. Her excitement to create is apparent in her attention to detail and color, and her desire to tell a story through the deeper meaning of her imagery.
Kelsey Merkle is from Clarence Center and a graduate of the Visual Creative Arts Program at Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada, where she received a Bachelor of Illustration degree. She has been painting since she was a child under the guidance of her artistic grandmother and has been taking formal classes since the age of seven.