About the Artist

"Selfie at Seventy" by Charlotte Mertz (10"x8" oil, #181104-o)

“Selfie at Seventy” by Charlotte Mertz

Charlotte Mertz abandoned her early interest in art while in college, as an impractical dream. But after her husband’s early retirement, a shipboard watercolor class recaptured her heart and imagination.  She determined that it was time to pursue her art again seriously.

With guidance from a neighbor who mentored her, and eventually the Virtual Art Academy, she resumed her studies, and began in 2010 to teach both private and community watercolor classes.  She believes in challenging both herself and her students to continually improve their understanding, master their techniques, and stretch their boundaries, striving always for that elusive and ever-advancing carrot of “excellence” while still maintaining joy in the freedom of expression through paint.

Today, Charlotte’s paintings reflect characteristics of her own personality—contemplative, confident, and controlled.  While her watercolors have always relied more on temperature and chromatic variations than on exaggerated hues, her more recent work has extended her artistic voice into bolder statements with stronger colors and deeper value keys.

Charlotte’s loose, interpretive approach to realism, using subtle color and simplification, takes advantage of the power of suggestion and limited detail.   Enthralled by reflections, translucence, and the play of light across forms, she enjoys incorporating these elements in her work.

As a lifelong traveler, she also has developed an appreciation of the differences and similarities among locales, cultures, and people she encounters.  Her paintings are often imbued with a sense of both the uniqueness and the universality of her subjects.


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