A Place of Clarity; Crystal Lake, San Gabriel Mountains
"Christmas Eve", Private Collection
Further along the Path
Born in Gilroy, California, Eric Merrell was raised there and in Rochester, New York. Returning to California, early art classes included watercolor painting with Diane Wallace followed by figure and portrait painting in oil with Jim Smyth at the Pacific Art League of Palo Alto, California. Moving back to the east coast for college, Merrell took classes with Al Gury at The University of the Arts and The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, both in Philadelphia. After spending two years in the city he moved back to California, transferring to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.