Daniel Merriam is a painter who was born on 1963
in York, Maine and grew up in Naples, Maine,
a rural town in central Maine.
He was one of seven children in an artistic family
and taught himself to paint at an early age.
He studied mechanical and architectural design
at Central Main Vocational Technical Institute.
While still in school he applied his skills in architecture
to his family’s design and construction business.
He then moved into the commercial art field working
as an architectural and commercial illustrator for
a number of multi-national corporations.
Merriam’s illustrations have won numerous awards
including several Broderson awards,
New England Scholastics Press Association Award
(for editorial cartooning) and the
University of New England Honorary Masters of Humane
for the potential societal contribution of his work.
In 1986, Merriam shifted his focus solely to fine art
and later that year had his first solo exhibition
at Abacus Gallery in Maine.
In 1998, Monarch Editions published
The Art of Daniel Merriam: The Impetus of Dreams,
a collection from a decade of his work.
In 2005, the book was introduced into the permanent
collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
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Regarded as one of the world's foremost watercolorists,
Daniel Merriam has captured the hearts and curiosities
of collectors worldwide.
His prominent works also include several
book covers for award winning writers and is
also included in the public collections of
The Riverside Museum of Art in California,
The Gesundheit Institute in Virginia,
the Manhattan Club in New York, among others.