Welcome to my 'Dog Blog'

Last July (2008), I decided to paint a series of dog paintings in the spirit of the 19th century European dog painters. These painters portrayed the everday life of the dogs of their time, wih academc prowess, creating masterworks no less worthy than any other painting genre. In studying these paintings, I realized that even with the surge in representational painting today, animal painting as a genre, largely follows a Modernist aesthetic, and is rarely seen in fine art or academic art circles. I want to bridge the divide, both as an academic painter and as a dog lover and present dogs, not as one-dimensional stereotypes, but as living breathing spirits. In each painting, it is the domesticated individual, along with their wild heritage that I hope to capture and memorialize, and in doing so, bring the same dignity to them that they bring to our lives everyday. Our culture has a tendency to anthropomorphize our dogs; maybe this is the reverse in action, our dogs' nature teaching us something about ourselves.

This series of work was shown at Lora Schlesinger Gallery in Santa Monica, CA at Bergamot Station, April 25th-June 6th 2009. http://www.loraschlesinger.com/

Commissions are welcome. Contact the gallery or email me at km@kimberlymerrill.com

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Book is ready...

Well, I've taken a stab at creating a 'Blurb' book on my show of dog paintings. It's amazing that you can do this yourself from the comfort of your own sofa! It took me a couple days and a couple test copies, which was the only downfall that I found with the process...there is no way to know how the images are going to look until you receive a hard copy, so you can spend quite a bit on copies that you can't use. But all in all...it's great and a perfect marketing tool!

The book will soon be available on my website, www.kimberlymerrill.com but for now you can find them on www.blurb.com , Kimberly Merrill, Unleashed.

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