MERRILL ANN GONZALES

Merrill often says that her great grandmother taught art in Maine; that her parents were artists who met in Grand Central Art School and the Art Students' League in New York, and that she was married to a fine artist, the late John L. Gonzales. Art is in her blood and in her genes, though as evidenced by the exquisite observational detail of her pen and ink drawings, she has also spent a life learning, living and honing her craft. "It takes me a long time to do them," she writes. "I sort of just linger over the drawing until the verse comes to me. But when one does come to me I feel that doing it that way takes me deeper . . ."

In the 2010 Haigaonline Gallery we were honored to be able to feature a collection of them paired with tanka by her longtime friend Carol Purington; she has also published collaborative haiga with an'ya in Simply Haiku, with Tom Painting in Sketchbook, and solo haiga or drawings at the Northeastern Connecticut Art Guild, Haijinx, Heron's Nest, Mariposa and Moonset among others. She also maintains portfolios of her published work on Facebook. We hope you enjoy the selection here!

aroma_of_dill
at_the_other_end
banishing_song
desire
on_the_edge_of_sound
pinch_of_salt
spring_arrives
thunder_peals

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