With Shennamere in days of yore.

With Shennamere in days of yore.

The first sale came in 1967, a graphite image from life of an elderly horse in a paddock. That Sale made the decision to be a Professional Artist easy. A part time sales position at Simpson’s Queen Street Store paid for four years at then studio based Ontario College of Art. I graduated in 1974 AOCA Communications & Design. Then for many years I successfully imagined, designed, built and installed seasonal décor for all major retail chains and shopping centre developers and many of Santa's local homes. At the same my sporting art portraits were placed in private collections along side the works of Cornelius Kreighoff, Tom Forestall, George McLean and Alex Coleville, across Canada, the United States and abroad. In the early 90s I discovered that I loved to teach others how to visually express their personal images. In 1996 I received the Adult Education Teaching Certification (AESTC) from Seneca’s School of Business, at the time the required qualification for college level instructions.

There is a simple goal, make pictures. My favourite activity is making pictures, of almost anything. My favourite subject is horses. My pictures are for those seeking detailed representational smaller works for modern spaces. I work in Graphite, Pencil Crayon, Watercolour, Egg Tempera, Pen & Ink and Digitally.

In pictures four Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Posters told the story of Canada's annual show window of agriculture. 2006 “A Royal ABC”, 2007 “75 Years of Innovation”, 2008 “Celebrating the Best of the Best”, and 2009 “A Royal 123”.

“ABC Muskoka” explores its natural world while teaching words. This little book of lino cuts, now in its 7th printing, has gone around the world.

The Heritage Sports Project, started in the millennial year 2000. After a few years hiatus the project came back, updated with over 130 new images, bringing it to over 1700 original works. A visual history of NFL, NHL, MLB, NCAA from 1868 to 2018, its images record the development of equipment and uniform styles in transparent watercolour. Plus almost 300 pen & ink aerial views of their playing sites.

With the support of  the Toronto Mounted Unit, my group of horse loving artists study the TPSMU horses and riders from life, no cameras, at the CNE Horse Palace Mounted Police Headquarters. Everyone learns that figure drawing is more than 20 minute still poses with convenient lighting. Just Horses©2018 was released in January 2018 as 24 practical lessons in support of this program.

I’ve won a few awards, had a few solo and many group exhibitions along the way. I teach others practical visual art skills. Living in Toronto, East York I am a member of the International Watercolor Society The Colored Pencil Society of America and the East York Garden Club. Formerly I edited the Banbury Watercolour Workshops’ Banbury Brief, quickly gained the Toronto Watercolour Society TWS signature in 6 shows with 11 accepted works, while also an associate of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC).

Questions? Please contact me the easiest way is through the contact panel or by e-mail merriweather@sympatico.ca


Make pictures everyday. Teach others the skills they need to make their pictures, better.                                                                                 

Create works for others. They may be portraits, often they are much much, more.


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