Betty Merken’s new large-scale paintings and monotypes on exhibit at the
Dolby Chadwick Gallery in November radiate a virtuoso mastery of color and
scale. Some of the monotypes measure over six feet tall, and carry the authority
of paintings. They are powerful images, and yet they convey a sense of intimacy
through the residual mark and painterly traces of her hand. The marks, the
brushwork, the drips, and the surfaces the viewer experiences in these works are
Merken’s attempts to "paint the paint", a term by which Robert Ryman has
defined his working process. This is one of those shows that inspires one to paint.