Mary-Lee Merz graduated from the Victoria College of Art, was a member of the Xchanges Gallery and Studios while living in Victoria and has a certificate from the Victoria Institute of Art Therapy. Her experience as an art therapist influences her process oriented approach to her artistic expression. Mary-Lee approaches her work with an exploratory attitude open to the
images that emerge through using various mediums which include watercolour, acrylic paint, printmaking and cold wax and oils. Her interest in Japanese and Chinese brush work and mark making have also greatly influenced her artistic expression. Intuition and imagination guide Mary-Lee in her approach to her art making which reveals a strong relationship to natural forms and the landscape.