About Suzanne

Suzanne Merritt is most known for her lush, tactile ocean and sky paintings. She primarily paints with encaustics, a medium first used in Greco-Roman art as far back as the 5th century B.C.E. Merritt’s process includes fusing multiple layers of translucent wax, tree resin, and mineral pigments onto birch panels, the terrain close to her home offering endless inspiration for her Ocean Sky and abstract landscapes. Her paintings have been included in numerous exhibitions, commercial projects, and collections throughout the U.S. 

Merritt’s studio is located at Leichtag Foundation in Leucadia, CA, where she paints and hosts private workshops. For more information about upcoming shows or to sign up for one of her Workshops, contact Suzanne here.


Galleries and Workshops

Five3 Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

ArtNSoul Gallery, Encinitas, CA

DAC Consulting, Atlanta, GA                                                                         

Nativa Interiors, Solana Beach, CA

Nativa Interiors, La Jolla, CA

Artbeat on Main, Vista, CA

Exhibitions, Collections and Publications


2020 Lettres D'Amour, Solo Show, Five3 Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2020 Group Exhibit, Five3 Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2019 Free State Review, Cover Art, 2019, Spring 2019 Issue

2019 Book Cover, Route 7 Press, Slow Dance, Bullets, M. Quinn

2019 ArtNSoul, Encinitas, CA

2019 Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Sixth Annual Abstract Catalyst Exhibition, Portland, OR

2018 ArtNSoul, Encinitas, CA

2017 Paramount Residences Collection, Fort Lauderdale, FL
2017 ArtNSoul Exhibition, Encinitas, CA

2017 Moore, Schulman and Moore, Del Mar, CA
2017 Water and Sky Exhibition, bG Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA
2016 Edgar Allen Poe Show, Kate Ashton Gallery, San Diego, CA
2016 Conceptions Contemporary Art Show, Mission Brewery, San Diego, CA
2016 Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Third Annual Abstract Catalyst Exhibition, Portland, OR
2016 Vista Civic Center, Vista's Creative Vibe Art Show, Vista, CA
2016 The Tishman Review, Cover Art Summer 2016 Issue
2016 Manhattan Arts International, Healing Power of Art, New York, NY
2016 Site: Brooklyn, Landscape: A Sense of Place, Brooklyn, NY
2016 San Diego Art Walk, Little Italy, San Diego, CA
2011 &Now Festival, Tomorrowland Forever, UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA
2007 Off Track Gallery, Encinitas, CA
2005 Mon Orchid, Phoenix, AZ
2004 Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Maui, HI
2003 Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Maui, HI
2002 Hui Noeau, Makawao, Maui, HI


2014 - Master of Fine Arts in Literature and Writing, Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont
2010 - Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Writing, Cum Laude, UCSD, La Jolla, CA
2003 - Mary Black, Encaustics, Sebastapol, CA
2002 - R&F Paints, Encaustics Workshop, Kingston, NY
1995 - Ringling College of Art and Design, Continuing Education, Color Theory, Sarasota, FL