Palmarin Merges is a Filipino American artist whose work draws from re-using materials close at hand and by adapting restriction as a generative force for creation. Working primarily in mixed media, printmaking, and painting, common materials formed from the fabric of her daily life are processed then transformed. Raised in Hawaii and California and with 3 years of living in Japan, she incorporates the rich visual languages of her experiences with the inspiration of the natural beauty of her adopted home state of Oregon.
Merges holds an MFA in Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute and has exhibited in Japan, San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon. She currently teaches at Pacific Northwest College of Art and has taught at Marylhurst University, Pacific University, the Multnomah Arts Center, and at Atelier Meridian. She can be found wandering her neighborhood with her dog Barney looking for objects.