Painting is my passion, as well as my profession.  I was classically trained and have been heavily influenced by the 19th century masters.  My dog paintings were inspired by the 19th century English dog painters I discovered in William Secord’s Dog Painting books and, of course, my dog, Lily.  My work is shown at Lora Schlesinger Gallery in Santa Monica, CA.  www.loraschlesinger.com

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A dedicated mother who discovered her talents later in life, but no less fulfilled. Artist Kim Merrill is well-versed in multiple mediums, and speaks frankly about her path to becoming a "real" artist when she thought that it was only reserved for an elite few. An encouraging story for anyone who was afraid they didn't have what it took to express themselves in art.



  • Born :1956 Minneapolis, MN


  • 2008 MFA, Painting,
    Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach, CA
  • BFA 2004
  • 2004 BFA Painting,
    Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach, CA


  • 2006-2009 academic year;
    Laguna College of Art and Design


  • David Judson, Judson Studios
  • Cynthia and Michael Sitton
  • Christian Science Church, Boston, MA
  • Laguna College of Art and Design
  • Bruce and Donna Polichar
  • Cory and Elizabeth Kahn
  • Bernie Gainey


  • 2009 Daily News Los Angeles, Online
  • 2009 THE Magazine, Online
  • 2009 ArtScene Magazine
  • 2004 Coastline Pilot
  • 2002 Christian Science Sentinel, cover

Exhibitions and Juried Shows

  • 2009 May-July Owensboro Museum,
    Owensboro, KY
  • 2008 Dec-Feb 2009 RW Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport, LA
  • 2008 July Koplin Del Rio Gallery,
    “Contemporary Realist Painting and Drawing”
  • 2008 July-Nov Springfield Museum, Springfield, Massachusetts “The New Reality:
    The Frontier of Realism in the 21st Century”
  • 2008 Apr-June Wichita Art Museum “The New Reality:
    The Frontier of Realism in the 21st Century”
  • 2007 Nov Hunsaker/Schlesinger Fine Art, ‘The Toy Show’
  • 2007 Mar Kings Art Center, Hanford, CA
  • 2006 Oct Seven Degrees Gallery,
    Laguna Beach, CA ‘LCAD Alumni Show’
  • 2006 Sept Fairhaven Mausoleum,
    Santa Ana, CA, “Filling in the Pauses”
  • 2006 Sept Laguna College of Art and Design,
    “Faculty Exhibit”
  • 2006 Sept Manitou Galleries, Santa Fe, NM
    “International Guild of Realism Members Exhibit”
  • 2006 May Hunsaker/Schlesinger Fine Art
  • 2005 Laguna Art Museum
  • 2005 Pan American Gallery, Dallas, Texas,
    “International Guild of Realism Members Exhibit”
  • 2004 Laguna College of Art and Design, “Alumni Show”
  • 2004 The Phoenix Gallery, Vermont


  • Lieutenant Commander Gregory Grabowski
  • Richard Holcomb
  • Cory and Elizabeth Kahn
  • Bernie Gainey
  • Molly Barnes
  • Cory and Elizabeth Kahn
  • Bernie Gainey


  • Oil Painters of America
  • International Guild of Realism
  • Portrait Society of America


This is Lily.  I should say she is ‘my dog’, but she is so much more, she is my friend, roommate, muse, studio companion, etc.  Lily is a four year old Shiba Inu and for those of you that are not familiar with the breed, she is fiercely independent, funny, prone to bolt, playful, inquisitive, smart, bossy and loyal.  Lily also has her own cat!  She was doing some naughty things when I would leave the house, so I found her a fabulous rescue cat we named Luca.  They are great friends and wrestle like two dogs.  Luca likes to catch lizards and bring them to Lily so they can play with them together. 
They are two peas in a pod…


Studio Wide

Studio Close

Coming soon: "Unleashed" book of portraits.



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