“Caspian Finds a Friend” published by Chronicle Books in Fall 2019, is Merrilees's first book. Her illustrations bring lyricism, to an imaginative picture book about how the power to change our world lies within ourselves.

Merrilees received her BA Honors in fine art, painting and drawing, from the Glasgow School of Art. Her images comprise traditional methods of drawing, printmaking and painting that are finalized digitally. Using expressive 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 art and design education from The Institute of Education, University college London. She earned her Masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the London College of Communication. Her passion for the visual arts, art education, and experience in working with young people, are harmoniously synthesized within her illustration.

Merrilees lives in Philadelphia with her family and far too many furry pets.