Artist: Otty Merrill  
  Statement: I create art that tells a story. The actual story is my expression of an emotion or life experience; often dealing with childhood, fantasy and abstract interpretation of events in my life. My hope and intent is to draw in the viewer and have them relate by identifying with the subject, place or emotion. In the process of creating a piece, I fall into the story and then step back and become the viewer rather than the maker. I love simplicity and often seem to be fighting against “adding too much”. I love the kind of simplicity that isn’t simple at all, but is the result of removing what is unnecessary and then being brave enough to believe and trust that the message will be felt and appreciated.  
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