If beauty, as Merriam-Webster defines it, is “that which gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit,” then I have spent my whole life pursuing beauty. Whether acknowledged or ignored, holy or maligned, this supreme pursuit has influenced approach to aesthetics, relationships, vocation, spirituality, and more.
Throughout my life, i have found aesthetic inspiration from the sea, sky, and sand. The intimate dance of these three elements presents an ever-changing kaleidoscope of colors, shapes, and textures from which I draw as an artist. Apparently, I am not alone in this delight! I agree with author John O'Donohue as he celebrates the unique and shared inspiration to be found in the sea: "Water stirs something very deep and ancient in the human heart. It satisfies us in a more intimate way than the other elements."*
As a self-taught artist, I am grateful that God created me to experience and express beauty in art that reflects one of His most stunning creations - the sea (or as O'Donohue calls it, a "wild divinity"). My deepest desire is that He might awaken your heart as He continually awakens mine to a beauty that “gives pleasure to your senses or pleasurably exalts your mind or spirit.”
Select Exhibitions and Awards
- November, 2016 - The Color of Water (solo show) - Dale Williams Fine Art Center at Missouri Baptist University, St. Louis, MO
- November, 2007 - Supernatural: The Artwork of D. W. Merkey (solo show) - Shaw's Gallery, St. Louis, MO
- March, 2007 - The Arts at Concordia, 5th Annual Soli Deo Gloria Show - Concordia Lutheran Church, Kirkwood, MO - AWARD: Best of Show and Best in Sculpture Category for Jacob’s Ladder Juror statement: “This piece was chosen for its beauty. The incredible craftsmanship, and variety of natural woods keep the viewer coming back to look at its overall subtlety.”
- March, 2006 - The Arts at Concordia 4th Annual Soli Deo Gloria Show - Concordia Lutheran Church, St. Louis, MO - AWARDS: 2nd Place, Photography for Study of Hawaiian Green, Honorable Mention Awards for Sculptures His Love Endures Forever and Cross of the Nations
- March, 2005 - The Arts at Concordia 3rd Annual Soli Deo Gloria Show - Concordia Lutheran Church, St. Louis, MO - AWARD: Honorable Mention Award/Sculpture for His Love Endures Forever (Psalm 118)
- April, 2004 - The Arts at Concordia, 2nd Annual Soli Deo Gloria Show - Concordia Lutheran Church, Kirkwood, MO - AWARD: Best of Show and Best in Sculpture Category for Forgiven & Restored Juror statement: “Upon first sight, the jurors were moved by the emotion that comes through this piece. We noticed it both individually and as a group and kept coming back to it. The rapturous joy in the father’s face is exquisitely etched. The boy’s desperation, relief and exhaustion are all evident in the way his body is draped against his father’s. The way that both bodies are positioned adds to the emotion of the piece. How fitting the Prodigal Son is for the theme of this show.”
- April, 2003 - The Arts at Concordia 1st Annual Soli Deo Gloria Show, Concordia Lutheran Church, Kirkwood, MO - AWARD: Honorable Mention Award/Sculpture for The Hiding Place and The Sword of God
- Curator and/or Juror Exhibitions
- March, 2007 - Trio Art and Faith Forum - Central Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, MO
- April, 2005 - The Fine Arts at Twin Oaks, 2nd Annual Art Show - Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, MO
- April, 2004 - The Fine Arts at Twin Oaks, 1st Annual Art Show - Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, MO
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* John O'Donohue, Beauty - The Invisible Embrace, Harper-Perennial, 2003, page 115.