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Merrill Shea
Brookline, MA

About the Artist

Merrill Shea began his artistic career as a classical musician and then gradually migrated toward the visual arts. He has worked as a free-lance photographer in the commercial, non-profit and academic worlds throughout Eastern Massachusetts for over twenty-five years. He is entirely self-taught.

Merrill spends at least one month every year traveling primarily throughout New England and the Pacific Northwest. While his oeuvre includes urban imagery, his primary inspiration comes from the natural world. His TurningArt offerings represent a selection from his personal projects, which range…

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About the Artist

Merrill Shea began his artistic career as a classical musician and then gradually migrated toward the visual arts. He has worked as a free-lance photographer in the commercial, non-profit and academic worlds throughout Eastern Massachusetts for over twenty-five years. He is entirely self-taught.

Merrill spends at least one month every year traveling primarily throughout New England and the Pacific Northwest. While his oeuvre includes urban imagery, his primary inspiration comes from the natural world. His TurningArt offerings represent a selection from his personal projects, which range from intimate and panoramic seascapes to interpreting the oldest living things on earth: the fantastically gnarled bristlecone pine trees that survive at twelve thousand feet above sea level.

Merrill continues to explore the varieties of color, graphics and texture that are possible within the photographic medium. Like many photographers, he has been influenced by the iconic black and white nature photography of Ansel Adams. In that regard, he has included identical images which he feels are effective both in color and black and white.

Artist’s Work

Then things changed
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Then Things Changed

By Merrill Shea

Mountain light 2
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Mountain Light

By Merrill Shea

Mount rainier dawn
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Mount Rainier Dawn

By Merrill Shea

Flowers in Color
Autumn garden in maine 1
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Autumn Garden in Maine #1

By Merrill Shea

Autumn garden in maine 2
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Autumn Garden in Maine #2

By Merrill Shea

Canna lily 1
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Canna Lily #1

By Merrill Shea

Canna lily 2
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Canna Lily #2

By Merrill Shea

Canna lily 3
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Canna Lily #3

By Merrill Shea

Canna lily 4
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Canna Lily #4

By Merrill Shea

Canna lily 5
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Canna Lily #5

By Merrill Shea

Canna lily 6
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Canna Lily #6

By Merrill Shea

Canna lily 7
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Canna Lily #7

By Merrill Shea

Canna lily 8
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Canna Lily #8

By Merrill Shea

Canna lily 9
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Canna Lily #9

By Merrill Shea

Dandelion puff on mt tam
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Dandelion Puff on Mt. Tam

By Merrill Shea

The Seashore in Color
Ruby beach sunset 1
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Ruby Beach Sunset #1

By Merrill Shea

Ruby beach sunset 2
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Ruby Beach Sunset #2

By Merrill Shea

Brewster flats 1
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Brewster Flats, Cape Cod #1

By Merrill Shea

Brewster flats cape cod 2
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Brewster Flats, Cape Cod #2

By Merrill Shea

Brewster flats cape cod 3
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Brewster Flats, Cape Cod #3

By Merrill Shea

Brewster flats cape cod 4
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Brewster Flats, Cape Cod #4

By Merrill Shea

Brewster flats cape cod 5
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Brewster Flats, Cape Cod #5

By Merrill Shea

Brewster flats cape cod 6
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Brewster Flats, Cape Cod #6

By Merrill Shea

Brewster flats cape cod 7
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Brewster Flats, Cape Cod #7

By Merrill Shea

Brewster flats cape cod 8
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Brewster Flats, Cape Cod #8

By Merrill Shea

Brewster flats cape cod 9
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Brewster Flats, Cape Cod #9

By Merrill Shea

Low tide at sunset cape cod
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Low Tide at Sunset, Cape Cod

By Merrill Shea

Seaweed study 1
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Seaweed Study #1

By Merrill Shea

Seaweed study 2
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Seaweed Study #2

By Merrill Shea

Seaweed study 3
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Seaweed Study #3

By Merrill Shea

Seaweed study 4
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Seaweed Study #4

By Merrill Shea

Seaweed study 5
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Seaweed Study #5

By Merrill Shea

Seaweed study 6
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Seaweed Study #6

By Merrill Shea

Seaweed study 7
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Seaweed Study #7

By Merrill Shea

Seaweed study 8
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Seaweed Study #8

By Merrill Shea

Seaweed study 9
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Seaweed Study #9

By Merrill Shea

Seaweed study 10
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Seaweed Study #10

By Merrill Shea

Seaweed study 11
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Seaweed Study #11

By Merrill Shea

Seaweed study 12
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Seaweed Study #12

By Merrill Shea

Seaweed study 13
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Seaweed Study #13

By Merrill Shea

Seaweed study 14
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Seaweed Study #14

By Merrill Shea

Beach collage
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Beach Collage

By Merrill Shea

Barnacle filigree
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Barnacle Filigree

By Merrill Shea

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Trees
Ancient bristlecone pine study 1
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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Study #1

By Merrill Shea

Ancient bristlecone pine study 2
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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Study #2

By Merrill Shea

Ancient bristlecone pine study 3
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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Study #3

By Merrill Shea

Ancient bristlecone pine study 4
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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Study #4

By Merrill Shea

Ancient bristlecone pine study 5
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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Study #5

By Merrill Shea

Ancient bristlecone pine study 6
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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Study #6

By Merrill Shea

Ancient bristlecone pine study 7
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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Study #7

By Merrill Shea

Ancient bristlecone pine study 8
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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Study #8

By Merrill Shea

Ancient bristlecone pine study 9
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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Study #9

By Merrill Shea

Charles River, Boston Sailing
Boston sailing 1
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Boston Sailing #1

By Merrill Shea

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Boston Sailing #2

By Merrill Shea

Boston sailing 3
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Boston Sailing #3

By Merrill Shea

Boston sailing 4
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Boston Sailing #4

By Merrill Shea

Boston sailing 5
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Boston Sailing #5

By Merrill Shea

Boston sailing 6
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Boston Sailing #6

By Merrill Shea

Boston sailing 7
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Boston Sailing #7

By Merrill Shea

The Seashore in Black & White
Rialto beach surf 1
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Rialto Beach Surf #1

By Merrill Shea

Rialto beach surf 2
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Rialto Beach Surf #2

By Merrill Shea

Rialto beach surf 3
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Rialto Beach Surf #3

By Merrill Shea

Rialto beach surf 4
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Rialto Beach Surf #4

By Merrill Shea

Rialto beach surf 5
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Rialto Beach Surf #5

By Merrill Shea

Rialto beach surf 6
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Rialto Beach Surf #6

By Merrill Shea

Rialto beach surf 6 2
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Rialto Beach Surf #6

By Merrill Shea

Rialto beach surf 7
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Rialto Beach Surf #7

By Merrill Shea

Rialto beach surf 8
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Rialto Beach Surf #8

By Merrill Shea

Rialto beach surf 9
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Rialto Beach Surf #9

By Merrill Shea

Rialto beach surf 10
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Rialto Beach Surf #10

By Merrill Shea

Rialto beach surf 11
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Rialto Beach Surf #11

By Merrill Shea

Lost coast surf 1
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Lost Coast Surf #1

By Merrill Shea

Lost coast surf 2
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Lost Coast Surf #2

By Merrill Shea

Lost coast surf 3
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Lost Coast Surf #3

By Merrill Shea

Lost coast surf 4
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Lost Coast Surf #4

By Merrill Shea

Lost coast surf 5
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Lost Coast Surf #5

By Merrill Shea

Lost coast surf 6
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Lost Coast Surf #6

By Merrill Shea

Lost coast 7
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Lost Coas Surf #7

By Merrill Shea

Lost coast surf 8
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Lost Coast Surf #8

By Merrill Shea

Lost coast surf 9
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Lost Coast Surf #9

By Merrill Shea

Lost coast surf 10
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Lost Coast Surf #10

By Merrill Shea

Lost coast surf 11
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Lost Coast Surf #11

By Merrill Shea

Lost coast surf 12
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Lost Coast Surf #12

By Merrill Shea

Lost coast surf 13
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Lost Coast Surf #13

By Merrill Shea

Lost coast surf 14
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Lost Coast Surf #14

By Merrill Shea

Lost coast surf 15
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Lost Coast Surf #15

By Merrill Shea

Seashore textures 1
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Seashore Textures #1

By Merrill Shea

Seashore textures 2
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Seashore Textures #2

By Merrill Shea

The Palouse, Washington State
The palouse 1
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The Palouse #1

By Merrill Shea

The palouse 2
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The Palouse #2

By Merrill Shea

The palouse 3
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The Palouse #3

By Merrill Shea

The palouse 4
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The Palouse #4

By Merrill Shea

The palouse 5
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The Palouse #5

By Merrill Shea

The palouse 6
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The Palouse #6

By Merrill Shea

Trees in Color and Black & White
Boston common cherry blossoms
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Boston Common Cherry Blossoms

By Merrill Shea

Arboretum spring 2
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Arboretum Spring

By Merrill Shea

Arboretum spring
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Arboretum Spring

By Merrill Shea

Arboretum spring 3
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Arboretum Spring #3

By Merrill Shea

Sunrise on mt tam
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Sunrise on Mt. Tam #1

By Merrill Shea

Mt tam sunrise 2
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Mt. Tam Sunrise #2

By Merrill Shea

Dreamed grove 1
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Dreamed Grove #1

By Merrill Shea

Dreamed grove 2
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Dreamed Grove #2

By Merrill Shea

Dreamed grove 3
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Dreamed Grove #3

By Merrill Shea

Selected Exhibitions

  • Joseph Moakley Federal Courthouse
    Boston, MA, 2013

Press and Accolades

  • International Photography Awards "Award of Excellence" for multiple images
    2012
  • The Spider International Black & White Awards: Nominee
    2017
  • The International Color Awards: Nominee
    2020

Education

  • Boston University, Bachelor of Fine Arts
    Boston, MA,1967