Kelsey Merkle is an artist and illustrator born and raised in Clarence NY, where she currently lives and works.
Merkle grew up admiring her grandmother, June Pearl, who was a talented artist in her own right. From an early age, Pearl saw an artistic spark in her granddaughter and enrolled her in private classes as soon as she was eligible at the age of seven. Merkle pursued the study of art at Sheridan College, one of the top art schools in North America. Merkle holds an Associates in Visual and Creative Arts and a Bachelors degree in Illustration, both of which she graduated from top of her class. She was also invited to study Italian Art and Culture in Italy during the summer of her junior year of Illustration. Since 2010 Merkle has been professionally displaying at various art galleries and events in the US and abroad.
Merkle is primarily a portrait painter, but she works in a wide variety of media, styles, and subject matter. She often blends multiple medias and techniques saying, “How do you know what you like to do unless you try a bit of everything?”
2016 Bachelor of Illustration, Sheridan College
2012 Visual and Creative Arts College Diploma, Sheridan College
DEC 2016 First Fridays, MJ Peterson Real Estate, Buffalo NY
APR 2016 The Neighborhood, Sheridan Illustration Grad Show, Toronto ON
SEP 2014 Buffalo Society of Artists 118th Catalogue Exhibition, Hi-Temp Fabrication Gallery: Buffalo NY
JULY 2014 Niagara Frontier Art Exhibit, Keenan Center: Lockport NY
OCT 2012 20th Annual WNY Artists Regional Exhibition, Art Dialogue Gallery: Buffalo NY
FEB 2012 WNY Young Artist’s Exhibition, Impact Artists Gallery: Buffalo NY
APR 2012 Visual & Creative Arts 2012 Grad Show, Marquee: Oakville ON
MAY 2010 Young Curators Show, Albright Knox, Buffalo NY
APR 2010 Young Woman’s Exhibition, Impact Artists Gallery: Buffalo NY
NOV/DEC 2014 | Vol 29 | #5 Applied Arts Magazine – Student Awards