Meridy Volz is known for her inventive use of intense color. This award- winning artist uses the figure in all her work to express passion and sensuality. Her work is best described as gestural, and Expressionist with an Impressionist palette. Paintings are rendered in oil (and her drawings in pastels, oil pastels, and charcoal). In Meridy’s paintings, she uses texture and stroke to create an impasto surface on the canvas, thus creating a vibrant movement of energy, and the shockingly innovative use of electric color creates the mood. Volz paints with her fingers and palette knife.
Meridy has been painting since she was three. She was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin on September 28, 1947, and received her first art scholarship at the age of six to the Milwaukee Art Center. She went on to graduate from The University of Wisconsin with a degree in art education in 1971. Volz spent the next four decades exhibiting, earning international acclaim, and has received numerous awards, such as The California Discovery Award, Best of Show at the Crocker Art Museum, and Best of Show and First Place at the Palm Springs Art Museum ACE Exhibition.
She resides in Desert Hot Springs, California, where she has run an art program for gang and at-risk teens for the last six years. She teaches life-drawing and painting classes to adults as well. Meridy has completed her oil portraits of the 2012 World Champion San Francisco Giants.