Medium: Drawing and Painting: Scratchboard
Tara Merkt, Chelonidae Artistry, is a native of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Merkt works predominately in scratchboard art; a 2-dimensional, subtractive medium that involves the use of abrasive tools to directly remove a surface layer of one value (typically dark) to expose a secondary layer of a contrasting value (typically white). She is currently an active member of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists. Merkt trained at the University of Minnesota (Studio Arts BA – 2000) and the University of Wisconsin (Master of Art Therapy – 2003).