Gloria King Merritt
Above: Photo slide gallery of creation, fabrication, installation, openings and celebrations.
Every generation invents a new artistic technique or medium to create new ways to express the concepts, thoughts and feeling of the age.
Art is, and always will be, an idea, not a medium. Just as the painter's brush is an extension of their hand, so the computer is the extension of the creative mind.
The artist was trained in a variety of traditional fine art techniques and media, though a series of apprenticeships, including drawing, painting, metal, resin, color theory, and film. Her teachers encouraged a sound classical education, as well as experimentation beyond the boundaries of tradition.
In 1976 she was introduced to digital art through her teacher, Nathaniel Jacobson, a Yale educated Color Theorist and research affiliate at the MIT Media Lab. In 1980 she worked in video as Art Director at the CBS affiliate broadcast television station in Boston. By 1985, she was working professionally with cutting-edge art involving technology. By 2011 she was working exclusively as a digital and new media artist, embracing technology that compliments and enhances the creative process, and blurs the edge between traditional media.
Digital painting is painting with light, on a back-lit screen, forming layers of varying transparency, and creating a virtual three dimensional image. When the layers are merged, and the image is complete, it is translated to a final substrate, such as resin, metal, canvas or paper, using archival pigments suspended in a medium. This allows the digital painting to be viewed within a contemplative personal space or gallery.
Although technically complex, the results appear effortless, unique, and often surprising.
"Chrysopoeia" Digital painting embedded in resin, in the Permanent Collection, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon NH USA Photo with artist for scale)