Dementia Series

Oil Pastel on Paper
Oil Pastel on Paper

It came on slowly. I did’t know what was happening. I kept working and didn’t really understand that I had changed. This is a work I did for my niece Debbie. It is what my mind feels like now. It is electric, bright, jumpy, moving and vibrating with energy I can’t control.

I never wanted to loose my mind but I have. I can’t hold complex compositions and ideas in my head any more. I don’t know that I can’t do what I did before, but if I stare at the paper long enough, something comes. I am happy. I travel back to all the wonderful experiences I have had in my life and I am at peace.

Oil Pastel on Paper
Oil Pastel on Paper

Influenced by Travel and Multicultural Study

5-6x12
Tribal Series

Dorothy traveled extensively, studying art and culture throughout the Far East, Middle East and Europe. Her travel in China, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Egypt, Italy, France, Israel and Iraq, developed her deep appreciation for art, architecture, history and the evolution of arts through the ages.

5-6x12
Tribal Series

Brief Biography

Oil Pastel and Ebony Pencil with Turpentine
Oil Pastel and Ebony Pencil with Turpentine on Paper

Dorothy L. Merk was born in Sanger California on June 21, 1934. She studied art at Fresno State College (1952-59) and the San Francisco Art Institute (1959) under Frank Lobell. She graduated from the Otis Art Institute (Los Angeles) with high distinction, in 1964, with her Masters of Fine Art. She studied under Richard Haines and Joe Muganini.