Artist Gallery » Mert Wager
About the Artist
Mert was born and raised in Niagara Falls, New York and was a volunteer inductee out of high school into the U.S. Navy Seabees and served in the South Pacific for 3 years. He was employed for 34 years by Niagara Mohawk Power Co., starting as a hot stick lineman and working up to Superintendent of the Trouble Department and Restoration Director; retiring in Management.
A self taught painter of many subjects, Mert began painting at age 40 and his paintings quickly found their way into prestigious private collections in the U.S., Canada, and abroad. In 1974, his painting titled "White Horse " was presented to the then Crown Prince (now the emperor of Japan) and hangs in the palace there.
Mert is a realistic painter of all subjects and he works with both pastels and acrylics. He continues to paint in his home in the village of Dansville in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York State.
Artist 's Statement
I generally have a story to tell. I want to involve the viewerâ€¦that 's really the purpose of my paintings. If I can give them ...
(read more) some sense of what I 'm trying to tell as a painter, then I 've accomplished my goal.
The horse, cowboy and Indian cultures have fascinated me since spending winters in Arizona and many years of travel in the west. Other subjects include the scenery of my native western New York, especially in the the Finger Lakes Region.
Depending on the size, a painting will take me anywhere from one to three months to complete, some of which is spent going through my extensive collection of photographs, which I call my "morgue. " I produce a rough sketch of my theme for the painting in mind and gather material for the main subject and background. I try for a focal point, pleasing color combinations and contrast to establish my predominant emotion.
Having had no formal training, I have few words to describe my technique. I just enjoy painting and hope the viewers will enjoy my work, too. One of my goals has been to be so good that I could "paint the smell of bacon frying. "
L. Mert Wager