A bit of background....
My name is Otty Merrill and I am an encaustic artist who lives in Tenants Harbor Maine, a little fishing village in the mid-coast. During the winter months I take advantage of Portland, just two hours south, where the many galleries, MECA (Maine College of Art) and the Portland Art Museum puts me in touch with a world of opportunity and stimulation. The coast of Maine enjoys a brisk tourist business and from Kennebunkport to Stonington one can see art from every medium and vantage point. I am currently exhibiting in the Rockland/Camden area and at The Portland Art Gallery on Exchange Street in the Old Port. While in Portland I work and share studio space with professional artists at Running With Scissors Studio, a large cooperative. In Tenants Harbor, I work from a quiet and pristine waterfront setting in Turkey Cove. Truly, the best of all worlds. I feel blessed. As a member of local/regional encaustic organizations, and a member of International Encaustic Artists, I create work that can be seen at juried exhibitions in New England and beyond. As you will see, I love color, texture and a bit of illusive storytelling. My work may be called "semi-abstract impressionism"...I made that up! Born in New Jersey, I attended Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts and worked in an advertising agency in New York City out of college. After raising a family and a career in residential real estate, including owning my own company, I went on to attend the DeCordova Museum School in Lincoln, Massachusetts, The School of The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and a host of schools and workshops in Santa Fe, Tuscon, Provincetown and Kingston, New York. I feel I am perfecting my style by working for decades with the best encaustic artists in the country and staying in touch with good art everywhere. I am happy to share my work and my experiences with you.
Gallery-by-the-Sea, Port Clyde, Maine
In the heart of Port Clyde village, just steps from the ferry to Monhegan Island, the Gallery-by-the-Sea...a popular attraction for both tourists and summer residents. It featured art work in all mediums by local artists. Otty's work was shown here for several summers along with the work of other local artists, shown above.
At the Chandler Gallery, Brookline, Massachusetts
Otty received Best In Show for her encaustic work, "Port Clyde Sardine Factory". Here she is (on right) with the jurist. Otty's art has been most recently exhibited at the University of Maine campus in Augusta and University of Maine, Belfast. She is represented by Portland Art Gallery/Art Collector Maine, along with other galleries in the region.
An encaustic studio with lots of open space, inspiration and ventilation!
Summer studio, Tenants Harbor, Maine