Merrill Shea Meet

Merrill Shea

Brookline, MA

About Merrill Shea

Brookline, MA

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.

Merrill has always been fascinated with the medium of watercolor and has recently been exploring the possibilities of using various computer techniques to produce watercolor-like images from photographs that, in many cases, are indistinguishable from true watercolors.

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Other works by Merrill Shea

Selected Exhibitions

  • Joseph Moakley Federal Courthouse
    Boston, MA, 2013

Press and Accolades

  • International Photography Awards "Award of Excellence" for multiple images
  • The Spider International Black & White Awards: Nominee
  • The International Color Awards: Nominee
  • The International Color Awards: Winners Book
  • The Spider International Black & Wife Awards: Nominee
  • International Color Awards: Nominee for multiple images


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

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