Insider Edit: What Ofri’s Loving

One of my favorite parts of working at Merritt Gallery is having the opportunity to get to know people through the art that they connect with. That initial reaction to a piece of art provides a window into the person’s world and offers a unique way to better understand them.

There is nothing more special to me than filling my home with art that brings me joy, and it is a privilege to share in that experience through interactions at the gallery.

Dennis Campay, Old Man and the Sea, Mixed Media on Panel, 30 x 36 inches


Dennis Campay | Old Man and the Sea

This inviting painting by Dennis Campay is filled with narrative and visual intricacies. The focal point of the dog’s face immediately draws you in, with striking blue eyes and a downward gaze that directs you to the water below. I love discovering new details, like the white hearts in the lower left hand corner, that aren’t initially evident when looking at the painting from afar. Elements such as these encourage the viewer to come in closer and spend time with the piece.


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Rose Masterpol, Overtones and Undertones, Acrylic on Canvas, 50 x 93 inches


Rose Masterpol | Overtones and Undertones

Masterpol’s Geometrix series hints to her extensive background as a graphic designer. What excites me most about this piece in particular is the touch of energy that peaks through from her other more gestural works, denoted by the mark making on the right-hand side. This stark contrast in technique is quite compelling and provides an interesting flow to the piece. The balance between the crisp shapes throughout and the exuberant marks to the right is beautifully complemented by the similar balance that exists between the grounded colors throughout and their relationship to the vibrant red that sings out to the left. These elements work in unison to bring a unique and palpable cadence to the piece.


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Lori Cozen-Geller, Confide, White, High Gloss Automotive Paint on Wood and Laminate, 46 x 105 x 3 inches


Lori Cozen-Geller | Confide, White

Cozen-Geller’s sculptures have been a lovely new addition to the gallery. Given the coloring of Confide, White, lighting plays a pivotal role in defining boundaries and informing the viewer of its dimensionality. Throughout the day the sun’s parabolic movement leads to a subtle rise and fall in the piece, sending shadows that mimic a gentle breath, imbuing the sculpture with a dynamic, living presence. These shadows delineate the piece from its surroundings, all while acknowledging the negative space that exists within the piece itself. The pristine finish along with the perfect geometry make this artwork incredibly satisfying to view. For these reasons (and many more) this sculpture is one that I especially enjoy seeing at the gallery every day!


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Art for a Light and Airy Living Room

For this light and airy living room, I chose three different abstract paintings that transform the space through color and creative expression. The room focuses on natural elements and lots of texture. My goal is to elevate the space without taking away focus from the gorgeous details.

— Marcie


Idea 1: In Good Measure by Wendy Westlake

Wendy Westlake, In Good Measure, Oil on Canvas, 51 x 65 inches


Wendy Westlake’s In Good Measure perfectly matches the mood of the space, featuring a modern and clean composition with shapes that beautifully complement the room’s overall aesthetic. The artwork’s subtle yet distinct features create an elegant focal point, effortlessly tying together the room’s ambiance with a touch of contemporary sophistication.

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Idea 2: Shades of Light by Amy Donaldson

Amy Donaldson, Shades of Light, Oil on Canvas, 60 x 60 inches


Amy Donaldson’s Shades of Light enriches and grounds the room with its use of deeper colors while introducing a captivating sense of motion, transforming the space into a dynamic and visually engaging environment. The infusion of pastel tones softens the ambiance and creates balance, ensuring a captivating and harmonious blend of vibrancy and airiness. The artwork effortlessly elevates the room, inviting a contemplative appreciation of its nuanced beauty.

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Idea 3: Say Yes Quickly by Maria Burtis

Maria Burtis, Say Yes, Quickly, Mixed Media on Canvas, 63.6 x 62 inches

Maria Burtis’ Say Yes, Quickly is a vibrant and uplifting piece. With carefully composed floral elements, it brings a fresh and positive atmosphere to any space. The burst of colors represents life and renewal, creating a dynamic and rejuvenating ambiance. The title encourages an optimistic mindset, making it a visual celebration of embracing life’s affirmative moments.

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Designed to Perfection

Art has an unparalleled ability to transform a space, infusing it with character, emotion, and style. The interplay of colors, textures, and forms in artwork breathes life into a space, telling a unique story and fostering a captivating ambiance. Whether it’s a bold statement piece in a minimalist setting or a collection of curated works in a cozy nook, art has the power to shift perspectives, turning any room into a vibrant, immersive experience.

Browse these recent installation photos from our interior design partners, and discover how the fusion of art and design can make your space come alive with creativity.

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