Mervyn Seldon

Mervyn Seldon began painting in the mid-1980s and earned her MA. and M.F.A. degrees, respectively, from California State University, Fullerton, in 1995 and 1997.  Since then, she has shown widely, mostly in California.  A dual emphasis on shape and color has dominated her work in a long transition from representational landscapes and still lifes in oil to more abstract work in acrylics and mixed media.

Starting in the late 1990s, a central theme in her work was the continuing presence in our lives of those who have passed on.  Images of objects of daily life evoked memories of an absent person.  Relationships between things and people were also a common compositional element. One series sought to portray personality through images of a person's home.  Another focused on the interplay between human castoffs and the natural world in which they landed.  

In recent years, an impetus toward hard-edged abstraction, softened by mixed media textures, has begun to give way to more lyrical paintings, with flowing curves seen against grids or geometric shapes, suggesting, perhaps, an awareness of time.  For this artist, painting is about the joy of discovering new ways to share a personal and sometimes quirky vision.


"Ode To The Birds"
acylic on canvas 
4 panels, each 50" x 24"


"Island Fever" (2004) 
mixed media on canvas 
36" x 48"




"Ground Cover "
acrylic on canvas 
40" x 55"


"One Morning On Vinalhaven"




"April Afternoon "
acylic on canvas
36" x 48"


Mixed media on canvas 
36" x 36"