Featured Artist Merinda Crowder

Artist Merinda Crowder presents a collection of botanicals and landscapes created with a spontaneous fluid painting process. See more of her portfolio by visiting her website.


Dramatic landscape, fluid pour by Merinda Crowder

“Celestial Night” acrylic on canvas. 16″ x 12″


As a young child, I was surrounded by the stunning beauty of nature. At an early age, I developed the understanding that we are not in nature; we are nature. This deep belief is the underlying pin to my life and my art. Knowing this is key to connecting to the wellspring of creativity that resides within.


Fluid pour winter landscape by artist Merinda Crowder

“Laden Sky” acrylic on canvas, 10″ x 20″


When I first commenced painting, I used brushes, but immediately felt restricted and limited. There was no natural creative flow for me, so I started experimenting using other tools. One day I came across the work of artist David Siqueiros and his technique of accidental painting, which today is more widely known as “pouring.” Fluid acrylic painting allowed my true creative soul to spring free. Liberation on the canvas was had.


Floral fluid pour painting by Merinda Crowder

“Victorian Glory” acrylic on canvas, 20″ x 10″


There is unpredictability when working in fluid art, which itself is exciting and inspiring. In the flow of the paint there is freedom, an embracing of the capriciousness of the journey on the canvas.


Round floral fluid p our painting floral by artist Merinda Crowder

“Spirits of the Earth” acrylic on canvas, 16″ round


I always have a vision with each piece of art I create. However, as a fluid artist I allow the paint to determine line and color, acting as a co-creator who interprets what is naturally occurring on the canvas.


Twilight: Acrylic on canvas 24" x 20"

“Twilight” acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 20″


I’ve developed special techniques to add control to the serendipity of the paint. Using these, I’m able to form complex landscapes and botanical images. Each result is a harmonious balance of the planned and the unexpected, a combination of two opposites. I have created a distinctly personal style of fluid art.


Round fluid pour landscape by artist Merinda Crowder

“Blowing In” acrylic on canvas, 16″ round


My landscapes and botanicals are expressions of the visible macroscopic world we so readily see and understand around us. The world, however, is made of that which we can see and that which while present is invisible to the naked eye. The invisible is the microscopic world, and it makes the whole visible.


Highland landscape by acrylic artist Merinda Crowder

“Highland Stream” acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 24″


My abstract paintings are interpretations of the hidden life within my landscapes and botanicals. Complex patterns and bold compositions are juxtaposed at times against the soft-flowing themes of the micro world. Always present is the infinite array of vivid and muted colors that come together. They provide a look into life’s amazing complexity and offer the viewer time to contemplate how the microscopic world is relevant to our everyday lives and how it touches each of us personally.


Garden landscape by fluid pour artist Merinda Crowder

“The Wild Garden Beyond” acrylic on canvas, 18″ x 24″


I paint from a source of joy and believe this translates through to my art.  My goal is to create a pathway for the viewer to connect with the very essence of nature and life through interaction with my fluid artwork.


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