One of the questions I get asked most often is “What made you paint this?” One thing that really inspires me…Dichotomy! It’s those scenes that conjure a love / hate response within me. When I look at the steam locomotive, I see the beauty and the beast—the nostalgic beauty of a thing well-made…well-preserved and I see the grease-black engine belching along the track. Dichotomy!
Also, I love a challenge. The boats, barns, buildings, bridges, trains and such that I love to paint–represent quite a challenge in composition and execution.
So, in answer, painting is a part of me. And painting is forcing me to face who I am and what kind of person I am…and I’m so enjoying the journey. I hope you find as much enjoyment in viewing my work as I find in creating and sharing it with you.
Shirley Mercer—a self-taught watercolor painter–approaches a painting for two main reasons. Firstly, she loves a challenge. For example, Mercer asks herself, “Can I paint this grey, color-deficit scene of the Sequim Granary so as to inspire excitement and emotion?” And secondly, she is intrigued by the dichotomy she sees in the world. “I love our beautiful planet, but I’m not blind to the “ugly” side of things. I like to present the good / bad as I see it.”
“Engine 17” – Special Award 3rd Place – Northwest Expressions Juried Show – 2017
Inspiration & Encouragement – Digital Newsletter for Shirley Mercer Art – 2017 to Present
Juror – Jefferson Co. Fair – 2017
Art Outside – Free event for all – 2017 to Present
Popping the Cork – Solo show at Wind Rose Cellars – 2017
LARC Gallery – Owner, Curator of private gallery – 2014 to 2016
Curator – 4-D Show – LARC Gallery – 2014
Juror – Tide Pools Publication and Art Show – 2014
Teaching Watercolor – 2010 to Present
“Moonshine at Midnight” – 2nd Place Clallam Co Fair – 2010