Artist Statement

Travels, beginning at an early age, have  given me an appreciation for the beauty and diversity of the natural world.  As an art student at Scripps College where I earned a BFA, I received a solid foundation in creative choices with an emphasis on design and experimentation.  My colorful stylized landscapes are the result of a love of the outdoors and a desire to express my visceral responses to it.  My work begins with sketches and photos, and is completed in the studio.  Landscapes are painted in vibrant acrylics, a medium with versatile qualities suited to free expression and experimentation.

Living many years in Aptos on the Monterey Bay has inspired my love for landscape subjects.   My first art job as a silk screen greeting card designer employed design methods that now carry over into painting.  My card designs were in the manner of Matisse’s cutouts; the simplicity of flat shapes in paper has evolved into painted shapes in my landscapes.  In recent years, after I became caregiver for my late disabled husband, travels in our motor home (I drove) was a liberating and therapeutic experience.  Determined to get out in the world, we visited every U. S. state, Canada & Mexico!  Travels to other countries has also broadened my aesthetic perspective.

One kind client stated my work is “from the heart,” and I believe that to be true.  For me, painting is a joy in itself, and I’m pleased when others appreciate the results!

I invite you to visit my website and my Artist Page on Facebook - MERLYN MORENO ARTIST.  I welcome comments and am open to commissions!     Email: