Hella Merrill

Art on Metal


Artist Statement

I think of myself as an alchemist.  I initiate a patteern on sheets of brass by applying a mixture of natural solutions.  As the metal responds to the solutions, I look for images, patteerns and textures with which to work.  The process is about exploring light, texture and depth of the image on a hard, flat reflective surface.

The process is slow and requires patience, a skill I learned while working with children during my masters degree work at Napa State Hospital and the Healdsburg school district.

I am fascinated with the form within a form, by the things I can and cannot control.  Working with children and watching them make their mark fearlessly was influential to my art offering me a deeper understanding of the Buddhist way of knowing and not knowing, of controlling and letting go.

Hella Merrill, M.A.

hmart2@earthlink.net           707-765-1035  

Resume available upon request

All art works are formed onto a brass “pan” with two inch sides.

Works are available at Paul Mahder Gallery in Healdsburg, CA

Wroks are available at Lori Ausin Gallery in Sebastopol, CA

Works are available at Terra Firma Gallery in Sonoma, CA

They are also shown at Gallery One in Petaluma, CA