Originally from Utah, Merrily Kulmer is an active participant in the arts community with works in many public and private collections. The focus of Merrily's work over the past 40 years has been teaching and painting in different media, technique, and style. Her passion for many years has been portraiture and she is a member of the American Society of Portrait Artists. Recently, Merrily was the portrait artist for the Mrs Utah Pageant. Besides painting portraits, Merrily also enjoys abstract painting, as these paintings best express her ideas and emotions through symbolism. It is her hope that these paintings invite you to draw your own interpretation while offering you visual cues from the gesture, color fields, and energy. From her experience and membership in the Ching Hai Oriental Painting Association, she mastered the Oriental Brushstrokes of Chinese Calligraphy. This technique allowed her to bring a much-needed simplicity to her paintings and many of her abstract paintings reflect her studies in Asian Calligraphy and the Way of the Brush.
Merrily has also taught in both public school and private workshops. She particularly enjoys teaching intermediate students and finds that she enjoys taking her students to new heights. Merrily has also served on the Board of Directors for the Bountiful/Davis Art Center, as well as serving as a member of the Utah Watercolor Association, and the Pastel Society of Utah. She is also a member of the Lamplight Art Gallery in Utah where she serves on the executive board. Currently she is a member of the Sonoran Art League and exhibiting at the El Pedragal, Scottsdale Az.