Originally from London, Merrilees studied fine art at the Glasgow School of Art. Her images comprise traditional methods of drawing and painting that are finalized digitally. Using lyrical line, subtle, and luscious bands of collaged color, she strives to create children and creatures, tiny to tall, gleaming with character.

She has experience in teaching, holding a post-graduate degree in education, as well as, a Masters in Documentary photography. Her passions for the visual arts, education, and experience in working with young people, are harmoniously synthesized within her illustration.

Merrilees lives in Philadelphia with her family and three impish cats.