Artist in Focus: Mernie Baker

Mernie Baker’s mixed media artwork is dedicated to the joys of life. She blends realism with abstract impressionism in her colorful collages by cutting paper, layering paints, and mixing plaster. She hopes to imbue her work with peace and love. Judging by the pieces she shows on UGallery and the honesty by which she answers the questions below, she succeeds.

1. What is your earliest art memory?

One of the earliest art memories I have is when I had a story report to do in fourth grade. I decided to draw a book report cover on orange construction paper. I created so much concern that the teachers had my parents come in to discuss what I drew. I drew a pencil sketch of me on roller skates skating out of a tunnel with bad guys chasing me. This was strange because of the grown up independent nature and violence.

2. Who and what inspires you?

My inspiration is intrinsic and comes from my own drive to express myself. I do appreciate other artists and styles which can be very inspirational.

3. What is one word to describe your art?


4. What is your favorite piece in your UGallery portfolio?

Angel With Fruits and Vegetables is my favorite piece in my UGallery portfolio.

5. What do you want people to know about your art?

I am growing and striving to create more substantial pieces that reflect a new consciousness of simple higher minded living. I want to incorporate the techniques that I have learned in one cohesive piece.

6. For fun, what do you love to do when you aren’t painting?

For fun, lately I have been looking out for my herb plants, making water flower essences and exploring my property for wildflowers. And going to local art openings!