Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series to introduce the community to the artists that live in – and are inspired by - Wayne County. Each Tuesday, a Q&A will appear featuring an area artist.

First in the Meet the Maker series is Brandi Merolla, a professional artist and councilwoman.

Q: Why do you do what you do?

A: “I’ve been making art my whole life. It’s like breathing for me.

“I’m a visually oriented person and as I take in the world around me, I create art as a response.”

Q: How do you work?
A: “Once inspired, I either draw, photograph or hand make 3D art.

“Any given series can last for months or for years. I intuitively know when I’ve exhausted the series.

“My art studio is where I spend endless hours churning out my artwork.”

Q: What’s your background?

A: “I’m a native New Yorker who grew up in NYC and moved to upstate NY 30 years ago.

“I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing and photography.”

Q: How has your practice changed over time?

A: “Over time my art has become more daring with a louder visual voice.

“It is often larger and more thoughtful. I consider myself a Pop Artist making no apologies for it.”

Q: What work do you most enjoy doing?

A: “I enjoy my role as council- woman implementing positive changes in my community.

“And volunteer work has dominated my life for many years as it gives me enormous satisfaction working with others who also value giving to the community.”

Q: What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

A: “Primarily I have worked as a commercial artist.

“Right out of college I became art director of Tower Records in NYC where I ran the art department for 3 years.

“We made large scale 3D, hand made advertising for the store.

“I traveled the world training other Tower art departments making displays for their stores.

“Once I left Tower, I continued making custom displays for all the record stores in the NYC tri-state area for the next 30-plus years.”

Q: What superpower would you like to have and why?

A: “I’d like to have the ability to clean up the planet from polluting forces.

“I love the environment and feel protective of it.”

Q: Name something you love, and why.

A: “I love clean water. Water is life. I consider myself a water protector. Everyone needs it and everyone should respect it.”

Q: What is your dream project?

A: “My dream project would be to make art that touches children in an inspiring way on a large scale. I’m working on it...”

Q: Do you have a favorite or most inspirational place? What is it and why?

A: “My favorite place is Italy. The 1st time I went there, I could feel my ancestral connection and fell in love with the culture.

“The history is all encompassing, like a dream.”

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

A: “If it’s hard to do, you’re doing it wrong. “Life should be a natural

effort with no stress.”

Q: Where can the community view your work?

A: “My work can be seen at my solo art show at the DVAA in Narrowsburg from May 11-June 15, 2019, I have a piece on The Great Wall of Honesdale in 2019 and on my website www. ScenesFromTheAttic. com.”

Are you an artist that would like to be featured? Contact editor@wayneindependent.com to find out how.