Meri was always an artistic soul, engaged in amateur painting and craft-work from an early age.
Born in Bosnia, Meri and her family survived the horror of a long and corrupt war, migrating to Australia in 1997 and settling in Sydney. In the prime of her life, Meri found herself without a support network, in a new country, navigating the struggle and challenges of being a refugee, a wife, a mother.
Over the years, Meri prolifically created an array of pieces, experimenting with techniques and styles. Her work is always fresh and deeply emotional. Dark shades and quick strokes dominate when her spirit is restless, only to be contrasted by bright hues of joie de vivre. Complimenting these emotions, when in a meditative state, the artist produces an otherworldly feeling of calm on the canvas, her creations imbued with idyllic depictions of tranquillity.
Meri communicates her freedom by rejecting the confines of pre-determined styles, each artwork infused with a different vibe and message. This variety is her strength, being unpredictable and bold, purposely surprising her audience with every new creation.
In 2014, Meri’s painting was auctioned at a fundraising event, attracting tremendous feedback and encouragement. Inspired to share her work with a wider audience, Meri decided to compete and exhibit her work in various art competitions/exhibitions across Australia. Since 2016, her work is regularly displayed in The Hunter Street Gallery of Fine Art as part of members exhibitions of The City of Parramatta Art Society, CPAS.
Meri's strength is in the mixing of warm and cool colours, producing vibrant pieces. The majority of her work relates to dusk and twilight landscapes.
She is also experimenting with contemporary and abstract art using ink, acrylic and oil. Her art is both engaging and inviting.
Artist statement: For me, art is a feel good elixir. It allows me to explore, preserve and portray the beautiful world that surrounds us; to capture, admire and enhance these special moments so I can share them with a wider audience.
Studied under: Anne Kwasner, Jenny Hall, Isobelle Pover-Leong, Chris Hewson, Susan Tee and Penelope Metcalf
Certificate in Illustration & Drawing, Open College, 2013-2014 in Illustration & Drawing/ Open College, 2013-2014
2018 CPAS Members exhibition, Celebrating Australia
2017 Linden Postcards Show 2017
2017 Waverley Woollahra Art School, 9 x 5 Landscape Prize
2017 Gippsland Art Gallery, Gippsland Print Award
2017 CPAS Members exhibition, Autumn Symphony
2017 Exhibition Competition, Art in the Hills, Change, The Oakhill College P & F Association
2017 Exhibition A4 Art Australia-Herring Island Gallery, Conterporary Art Society of Victoria
2016 CPAS Members exhibitions
2016 Fairfield City Art Prize
2016 Exhibition A4 Art Australia-Herring Island Gallery, Conterporary Art Society of Victoria
2016 Exhibition Competition, Art in the Hills, Unity, The Oakhill College P & F Association
2015 Finalist, Blacktown City Art Prize
2015 Finalist, The Little Things, Saint Cloche Gallery Paddington
2015 Exhibition Competition, Art in the Hills, Unity, The Oakhill College P & F Association
2014 Exhibition and Auction of selected paintings, Defiant by a Dream, Private Art & Performance Fundraiser, Sydney.
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