Josie Merck was born in Canada. As a child she lived in Mexico and Brazil and grew up with a love of art and nature, color and celebration. She has been making nature the subject of her paintings for a number of years. Man's connection to the natural world, is a motif. She also veers off into experimenting with materials and in creating collages from time to time.
Yale University School of Art, MFA
Sarah Lawrence College, BA
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture; Art Students League
Merck studied painting at Sarah Lawrence College with Kurt Roesch and received her MFA from Yale University School of Art where she worked with Bernard Chaet, Robert Reed, and John Walker. She also attended Skowhegan School in Maine, the Art Students' League, and SUNY, Purchase.She has worked at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking. She has had 14 one-person shows and participated in a number of group shows at the Encore and Island Galleries on Block Island, RI, the Piermont Flywheel Gallery, in Piermont, NY, and at the Atlantic Gallery in New York. She has also exhibited her work in invitational and juried shows including in The Art in Embassies program, the Butler Gallery, Marymount College, the Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT, Commonweal Gallery, Bolinas, CA, and has won awards at the New England Annual, Silvermine Guild, Norwalk, CT, and the National Academy of Design, New York, NY.
She was married to James Stevenson, artist and writer, who died in 2017 and lives and works in Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Website updated 2018.