Merle Painting Outside
Born in Chicago, and educated up through junior college in the  South Suburban Chicagoland area, Merle finished college at the University of Illinois and then went to Medical School at St. Louis University. Internship and Residency was at Pontiac General Hospital (Michigan) and University of Michigan.  Following residency he was in practice in Drayton Plains, MI and became board certfied General Surgeon. Shortly after starting practice he was asked to be Director of Surgical Education at Pontiac General Hospital. He continued this for several years and then went into private practice in Northern Michigan. Now he is retired from that busy practice.

His artistic life has been a late blooming affair and didn't really start till after he was established in his surgical practice, where he did both color and black and white photography in his own darkroom. Shortly after retiring he went to a beginning watercolor class on a challenge, and enjoyed it very much, and continued working on his painting and further workshops. His art education since retiring has been largely self taught, with strong relation to photography and through workshops with Jack Proctor, Helga Flower, Cheng-Khee Chee, Rod Lawrence and others. Over the past several years his style has drifted to abstract paintings, produced with improvisation and experimentation, using acrylic, watercolor and other paints and media.  This very process makes each painting unique and very interesting

    Dr. Plagge is a signature member of the International Society of Experimental Artists. Now he is Director of Membership Services at ISEA. He is also a member of the Southwest Michigan Watercolor Society, and National Watercolor Society. He's also had juried show acceptances in the Greater Michigan Art Exhibition and the Three Rivers Regional art shows.

Painting - Acrylic Ink on Yupo: Enchanted Forest GRB Painting = Feuerlicht
"The Big Bang" - Acrylic on Yupo
19x25"   - $1000
"Of Course!"  Mixed on Paper -
14x11" - $200.
"Feuerlicht" Acrylic on Paper      
14x11" - $200

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