Carmel Mercado is a self-taught mixed media artist on a quest to celebrate life and joy with her communities. With her use of bright, bold colors, patterns, speckled backgrounds, and whimsical child-like designs, Carmel aims to evoke happy bemusement, laughter, and a sense of gratitude for the otherwise magically mundane things in one’s day-to-day that create joy. For Carmel, some of those small daily joys include good food and good company (in the form of animal friends), two common themes in her art. Carmel combines both traditional and digital illustration techniques to create canvas art, storybook style children’s illustrations, and mural art. She has been a part of several juried shows and gallery exhibits throughout the Boston, Orlando, and Seattle areas, has pieces in the permanent gallery at Sobana Museum (Hokuto-shi, Japan) and has received art commissions from institutions such as the City of Bellevue, Tukwila, Kirkland, and Kent.
Carmel’s punchy whimsical style has been heavily influenced by her time working with children as a board-certified pediatric ophthalmologist and from her travels around the world learning folk art and visiting wildlife habitats. In particular, Carmel draws a lot of influence from her time living in Japan. Carmel obtained her B.S. in Biology with a humanities concentration in Foreign Languages and Literatures at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her medical degree at the Johns Hopkins University.
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02 // The Sister Triforce
Quirky, energetic, hardworking, - these are just some of the adjectives that have frequently been used to describe me and my two sisters. A conversation amongst us from the outside may seem like a flurry of high-energy gestures, giggles, and off-the-wall ideas. For anyone who might appreciate this reference, we used to joke around that we were like the Zelda Triforce: Carmel (wisdom), Marie (courage), and Tonica (power). Together we can be a handful. From an early age, my sisters have been a never-ending source of inspiration, and we continue to be this for each other in our respective fields.
01 // A Family Legacy
"The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows."
My family legacy has been a powerful influence on my work ethic and drive to be the best I can be. I was born into a lineage of ambitious individuals who had worked relentlessly to improve the welfare of the Philippines and their respective communities around the world - through industry, education, medicine, and government. It is an honor to be a part of this ongoing legacy and now it is my turn to make a difference in this world.