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Artist Merrill Whitehead


An example of fine art by Merrill Whitehead

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Biography


Merrill, an artist since childhood, was raised in Houston where he attended classes at the Museum of Fine Arts, the Art League, and the Alfred Glassell School of Art.      
 
His early interest in art was illustration and editorial art (winning two national awards in the editoral category) but after reading John Rewald's classics on Impressionism and Post Impressionism, Merrill turned to easel painting, influenced in the beginning by, of course, Claude Monet and the late works of Edgar Degas.  Over the years, he admired and studied the works of Caravaggio, Frans Hal, George Inness, and the early modernists, Edward Hopper and Robert Henri. 
 
In the course of his career, Merrill has been represented by Highland Gallery, Lone Mesa Gallery, Massey Gallery, and the former Tarrytown Gallery, where the art critic for the Austin-American Statesman described a series of his winter scenes as "...beautiful...each like a glance though a foggy telescope where you can see your breath when you exhale." 
 
Whitehead's painting are in private collections throughout the state, including one of the founding families of Texaco and the album cover of distinguished pianist Eugene Rowley's rendition of Chopin.  
 
 Merrill and his wife, Gloria, reside in Wimberley, where he is a member of the Wimberley Valley Art League.
 
 
 
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Wimberley Valley Art League: www.wimberleyartleague.org
Art on 12 Gallery and Studios
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