Gloria King Merritt

digital art

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.

I 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. My teachers encouraged a sound classical education, as well as experimentation beyond the boundaries of tradition. In 1987, I was working professionally with cutting-edge computer generated art and technology. By 2011, I was working exclusively as a digital and new media artist, embracing technology that complements and enhances the creative process, and blurs the edge between tradition media.

I paint 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 canvas or paper, using archival pigments. 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.