About Tara Merkt
I was inspired to become an artist because of my Mother. When I was a child she was getting her associates degree in graphic arts. I was able to go along with her to many of her classes during that time. I always remember looking at all the art she and her classmates created thinking that I want to do that someday. So when it came to choosing a degree the definite choice for me was Studio Arts, but I knew that success in the field was difficult. So I decided to major in studio arts and minor in psychology so that I could continue on and get my Masters in Art Therapy. Life didn't ultimately lead me into Art Therapy as a career, but Art was always there.
I was introduced to scratchboard art by seeing a display at Blick Art Materials. Someone within the store had taken a small, and I mean SMALL... maybe 1"x1", sample of scratchboard and created a profile drawing of a man. I was curious what they had used and asked about the medium. I decided to bring some home and try it. I have been hooked ever since.