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Love for Local Artists: Mercy Maclay, Watercolor Painter

Updated: Jan 12, 2022


Mercy Maclay, Watercolor Painter

Mercy Maclay is a 31 year old, self-taught watercolor painter based out of Erie, PA. When she’s not working as a Custom Framer, she lives in her small attic studio with her spouse and best bud, Aarron. Artmaking and working with other artists is her passion. She dreams of one day opening a local art supply and frame shop in Erie. (We believe she can absolutely do it!) She devotes her time to learning her trade, sharing her work through Instagram, meeting artists, and visiting as many art shows as possible.

Not only was I fortunate to meet her due to her Custom Framer position, but also because she agreed to talk with me about what artmaking means to her and where her inspiration for her own work comes from!

What does artmaking mean to you?

I know that I’m on the right path in life if art is the main focus of it. I’ve cycled through a lot of career paths, from construction to office work. But the only work that I’ve felt has given back as much heart and soul as I’ve put into it has been creating. It’s the reason that I want to keep going in this world, creating and sharing my work and meeting people who have the same passion.


It’s the reason that I want to keep going in this world, creating and sharing my work and meeting people who have the same passion.

Find her work on Instagram at merciful_mortis.



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