Robin Haines Merrill

Robin Haines Merrill


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.


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

- 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)


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".

- 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


Contact Us

Onessimo Fine Art Gallery
Onessimo Fine Art Gallery

Onessimo Fine Art Gallery
4530 PGA Boulevard, Suite 101
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

P: (561) 355-8061
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