This month’s Visual Arts feature profiles Ryan Berkley, who discusses his artistic and business partnership with his wife Lucy, his self-taught drawing style and how he deals with copycats.
What are your roots?
A Portland transplant with a Hoosier heart.
Is Mercy McNab your real name?
No. It is an alias I have been going by for about 8 years.
What is your education?
Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, In.
How do you pay the rent?
Freelance photographer & Art Curator at the Alberta Abbey.
What are your creative influences?
My fellow artists and musicians that are creating right along side of me.
What is your biggest fear?
Going blind. I literally have nightmares where I lose my sight. It is terrifying!
Who are your mentors?
Musician Signe Toly Anderson & artist
Maria G Raffaele.
Favorite PDX bar?
Current Pandora station?
What can you not live without?
Art on the walls.
Strawberry Fruit Rollups and lemonade.
Most memorable portrait?
Pink Roses. 2012
Love is like butter, it’s meant to be spread.
Visit Mercy’s site at www.mercymcnab.com