About Christine Merrill
Christine Merrill is Americas most extraordinary painter of
dog portraits. She captures in oils the love and understanding of
our canine companions, members of the family who rarely disapprove,
never disappoint, but only offer unconditional love.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Christine developed a passion for
painting animals at a very young age. When she was two, Christines
mother put a pencil in her hand and she immediately started drawing
animals. She painted her first dog portrait at age 5. Rather than
pursuing a conventional academic degree in the arts, she went to
the traditional Schuler School of Fine Art in Baltimore, where she
studied for five years under the schools founder, Hans Schuler
and his wife, Ann.
Since 1975, Christine Merrill has specialized in the depiction
of dogs, completing commissions for clients across America as well
as in Europe and Japan. Since 1990, her work has been represented
by the William Secord Gallery in New York City, where she has had
eight successful one-person exhibitions. It was through the gallery
that in the summer of 1996 she also exhibited at The Isetan Gallery
of Fine Arts in Tokyo. Christine Merrills work hangs in many
private and public collections, including the American Kennel Club
Museum of the Dog in Saint Louis. Her work is widely collected by
dog lovers, including Mrs. Vincent Astor, Barbara Taylor Bradford,
Geoffrey Beene,Bob Shieffer, and Oprah Winfrey, as well as many
other prominent collectors.
In addition to her fine paintings, Christine Merrill has illustrated
three childrens books by the acclaimed author and Newberry
prize-winner, Jean George.