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Robin Haines Merrill

Biography

Artists Statement

My paintings are evocative of vibrations and spiritual realities.
Because I am also a fine art photographer, my feeling is that
“ if I can photograph it, I don’t want to paint it”. I left realism to pursue painting that which cannot be seen, but is nevertheless real, such as spiritual dimensions and the life forces around us.

I see that Creation is mirrored in micro and macro forms. Waves, when seen close up, can be indistinguishable from clouds, as well as the veins in an exposed rock formation.
This is what I paint. A close up on skin patterns can be interchanged with the caverns in the Grand Canyon, when seen from a cropped viewpoint. God has replicated all of creation with a pattern, purpose, and reflection of the Divine. This is what I paint.

The “Language” series of paintings has to do with my idea that God transmits ideas and concepts to us not in language form such as words, but in multidimensional space, color, movement, and possibly forms such as those seen in DNA molecules or random marks reminiscent of computer data.

This series is an exploration of how the Creator of the Universe transmits ideas to the human brain. The “Offering” series has to do with the historical way in which people of various times and cultures have tried to communicate with God, through sacrifices, worship and offerings, usually lifted up to a Being thought of as removed and above.The “Underwater” paintings are views from the top of the water, looking over the side of a boat, to see how light reflects off the various layers of water down to the colorful coral formations on the bottom. These layers of reflection are synonymous with the layers of reality in human existence.

Current Status:
Executive Director & Founder of the Christian Cultural Development
Foundation, Philippines (1990) & USA (2002).
Owner, Mission Gifts, a small business featuring livelihood products of the poor.
Mother of two boys and wife of Mark C. Merrill.

Education:
Undergraduate Studies:
Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan 1979
Center for Creative Studies, Detroit 1980-82
California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland - Bachelors of Fine Arts with
High Distinction 1982-84
Graduate Studies:
New College Berkeley, California 1984
William Carey International University, Pasadena, California 1984-85
Fuller Theological Seminary 1985
Asean Institute of Arts, Manila 1987

Shows:
Various group & solo shows in Michigan and California, 1975-1984
Thomas Jefferson Cultural Center, Makati, Philippines, "Double Exposure",
photography, 1991
Thomas Jefferson Cultural, Makati, Philippines, "Duo Imagery", paintings &
photographs, with Mark Merrill, 1995
West Gallery, SM Megamall, "Big Paintings, Small Photographs" solo show 1998
Gallery 139, Alabang, "In the Garden" paintings, with Mark Merrill, 1998
Saturday Group shows, paintings & photographs, 1985-1998
Gallery 139, SM Megamall, "Heaven & Hell", paintings, 1999
Gallery 139, Glorietta, "In the Garden-2," paintings, 1999
Gallery 139, SM Megamall, "Arleen, Remy, & Robin," paintings, 2000
Gallery 139, Glorietta, "Arleen, Remy & Robin," paintings, 2000
The Hortt (juried show) 2002, painting, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Works in the Collection of:
U.S. Veterans Administration, Manila, Philippines
Manila Hotel, Philippines
Northwest Airline, Manila Office

Member of:
The Saturday Group, Manila, Philippines
Antipolo Thursday Art Group, Philippines
Friends of the Arts for Cultural Exchange (FACE)
Union Church of Manila
Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA)

Publications:
Photography & artwork featured on the covers of:
World Christian Magazine, 1986 & 1988
Taipan Magazine, 1991
Aglow Magazine, 1991
Editor, "Musae: A Poetry/Prose Project" a collection of artist's writings,
Harlo Publishers, Detroit, 1981
Christianity Today, Sept. 2000, Feature article "The Art of Dodging Bullets".

Other:
Lecturer, China & Inner Mongolia, Art Institutes, 1986 & 1988, with FACE.
Assistant Producer, "The Rainbow Film", a joint venture with FACE & Hefei
Television, 1990.
Co-founder: The Evangelical Coalition of Ministries Amongst Prostitutes,
in the Philippines.
Robin Haines Merrill is listed in the World Who's Who of Women

 

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