Eric Merrell

Backlit Sunflowers

  • 16" x 12", artwork
  • Contemporary

Artist Statement
“Much of my childhood was spent in my parents’ garden; I remember happily wandering among the rows of myriad vegetables and towering 10-foot-tall giant sunflowers. They had no trouble getting me to eat freshly picked vegetables, like sweet peas and tomatoes. So paintings like “Backlit Sunflowers” are often a combination of formal painting challenges (how do I convey bright orange sunflowers in shadow?) and a chance to recognize the influences of my parents.”
— Eric Merrell

Provenance
Acquired by American Legacy Fine Arts directly from the artist

Exhibitions
"The External and The Contemplative" at American Legacy Fine Arts, Pasadena, CA, October 24-November 21, 2015


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Description

Artist Statement
“Much of my childhood was spent in my parents’ garden; I remember happily wandering among the rows of myriad vegetables and towering 10-foot-tall giant sunflowers. They had no trouble getting me to eat freshly picked vegetables, like sweet peas and tomatoes. So paintings like “Backlit Sunflowers” are often a combination of formal painting challenges (how do I convey bright orange sunflowers in shadow?) and a chance to recognize the influences of my parents.”
— Eric Merrell