Arthur (Art) J. Merrill (1885 - 1973)
A. J. Merrill was born in Canada and lived much of his early life in Montreal. He spent the first part of his adulthood as a geologist working in Canada first for the Canadian Geological Survey and then for private industry. He was attracted to painting and drawing as a child. His grandmother in St. Louis was struck by his talent and encouraged him to study art in Paris when he was 15. This was not to his parent's liking and so he was sent to college to study pharmacy, geology and chemistry. However, he never gave up is love for painting. He eventually attended private painting classes while still pursuing his career in geology.
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