About Gloria King Merritt
The artist was trained in a variety of traditional fine art techniques and media, though a series of apprenticeships and classes at the direction of her mother, who taught at the Rhode Island School of Design for more than 20 years. Her studies included drawing, painting, metal, resin, color theory, and film. Her teachers encouraged a sound classical education, as well as experimentation beyond the boundaries of tradition. In the mid 1970's she was introduced to digital art through her teacher, Nathaniel Jacobson, a Yale educated Color Theorist and research affiliate at the MIT Media Lab. In 1980 she worked in video as Art Director at the CBS affiliate broadcast television station in Boston. By 1985, she was working professionally with cutting-edge art involving technology. By 2011 she was working exclusively as a digital and new media artist, embracing technology that compliments and enhances the creative process, and blurs the edge between traditional media.
“Every generation invents a new artistic technique or medium to create new ways to express the concepts, thoughts and feeling of the age. Art is, and always will be, an idea, not a medium. Just as the painter's brush is an extension of their hand, so the computer is the extension of the creative mind.”