ARTIST Merry Ryding

Born on the edge of the Bering Sea. I spend my youngest years on the northwest coast of Alaska before my family moved to Connecticut and later Illinois. After undergraduate studies in Illinois and finishing my BA in stuido art in Seattle, Washington I spent a couple more years back in the village of Unalakleet, Alaska.

I earned my MA in Vermont in combined Art History/Studio Art with an emphasis on the creative process. I studied and explored ancient media, including egg tempera, woodcut printing, encaustic and paper collage.

Now living in northwest Pennsylvania, I have been in one place for a long time, raising 3 daughters and several dogs, cats, frogs and herons. I look for opportunity to hit the road and what’s out there. I especially enjoy trips to National and State Parks all across the country, an inexhaustible source of inspiration.

Currently my studio work is in encaustic and frequently incorporates collage elements. I am represented in several galleries in northern Pennsylvania and with the Encaustic Art Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

In addition to studio work, I server as an adjunct instructor in the Art Department at University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, and I am currently Director of the Art in the Wilds show, and I also direct the local artists’ cooperative ArtWorks on the Summit.