Dave Merrick

Dave Merrick, Davemerrick.us is an internationally known and published artist whose works reach into the greatest diversity of audiences. Known primarily for his astoundingly lifelike portraiture, Merrick’s drawings and paintings grace the walls of an impressive array of well-known corporate and private clientele. Many of his published wildlife pieces have become some of America’s most popular animal imagery.He has more original work in the Pro-Rodeo Hall of Fame than any other artist. His wildlife and Southwestern-theme work is distributed internationally through Joan Cawley Galleries of Scottsdale AZ.

Most Recent Articles by Dave Merrick:

‘All we need is Jesus’, A Belated Christmas Story

Jan 14, 2018 — Dave Merrick

'All we need is Jesus', A Belated Christmas Story
This holiday season I was especially looking forward to Christmas, much due to the yearly reminder of the unconditional love and blessings that I need so badly and that I’ve been given in Jesus - coupled with the reunion of my beloved family members. It had been an extremely rough year for me. And I was looking to hide from some of my grief by just celebrating God’s unfailing love in the company of my beloved, visiting Christian children. My (now grown) babies are great gifts of unconditional love from my Heavenly Father. And they are this old man’s joy in the face of even life’s darkest moments.

As we prepared for the day, my wife sneaked down to the basement to get our Nativity scene. I love the reminder of Jesus’ birth that I’ve seen traditionally since I was a boy. And she knew that my seeing that all set up would brighten my day. Just as I realized she was missing, I heard a loud crash from beneath our living room floor. A few minutes after that, she reappeared and sadly told me that our beautiful, classic Nativity pieces were destroyed - all but the baby Jesus. She had dropped the box containing the fine porcelain figures , and its contents were shattered. I used that moment’s last bit of strength to assure her that it was ‘no big deal’. Nevertheless we were both really disappointed.

New York City Terrorism Attack: My Crazy Response To Stupid

Nov 1, 2017 — Dave Merrick

New York City Terrorism Attack: My Crazy Response To Stupid
America is starting to ‘go global’ - in a new way.

The terrorism of Paris, London, Berlin ... It’s no longer “over there”. The Lame Stream Media has been working overtime trying to find ways not to broadcast the antics of extremist Islam. To date, it’s been the chore of ‘right wing’ grassroots ‘fake news’ agencies to spread such fanaticism. Now the Big Six is going to have to step up and do some honest reporting - because this junk is right here in our own front yard. The Big Apple is cleaning up bodies left behind by its very own ‘allahu ackbar!’ screaming nut-job from Uzbekistan. And now maybe, finally, America may begin to take a closer look at the denial foisted upon us by oligarchical, wannabe, racist dictators like Barack Obama and that crew.

Sighting Down On The Second Amendment

Oct 9, 2017 — Dave Merrick

Before a people are enslaved, before any nation is taken over, they are first disarmed. That’s just history and common sense. From the inside or out, a nation is always first compromised by the removal of its ability to defend itself. Stalin, Hitler, Mao, et al., they all declawed whatever organism that stood in their way - most especially the people they intended to govern.

When Japan was planning to attack our mainland, their Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto purportedly said that attacking America would be like attacking a sleeping giant - and it is commonly claimed that he warned there would be a gun waiting for them ‘behind every blade of grass’ - indeed, a very reasonable statement. I find it fascinating that online liberal ‘fact checking’ sites adamantly insist that the quote is “bogus”. Further, they go on to say that gun rights activists often haul up that quote in order to drive home an argument for gun ownership - as though simply expressing that concept in such a context were evil.

Another Wicked Crescendo ... Another Urgent Call For Pause And Reflection!

Oct 3, 2017 — Dave Merrick

One of the reasons I write for Canada Free Press is that my editor does not mind a bit when I incorporate my faith in my work. Most places get queasy about that. Religious stuff has a tendency to chase people off. I don’t like writing for religious venues, though, because I don’t want to waste my time talking to the choir. As many of my regular readers know, I myself was once a hardened atheist. And I didn’t want to waste my time reading church magazines.

Today we are barraged with unending commentary about the minutia of all the innumerable and unprecedentedly threatening and weird problems that are popping up and spreading like cancer around the globe. And a thousand different voices are offering their viewpoints and solutions. And the best of them achieve little more than clarifying the truth that so much of the dishonest press is trying to obscure.

Rebels Without A Brain

Sep 25, 2017 — Dave Merrick

I had a friend, Bela, who, along with his comrades, swam the Danube beneath whistling swarms of machine-gun fire during the Budapest Uprising of 1956. You want to tear down some statues, kiddies? He had just helped to topple the giant effigy of mass murderer Stalin and drag his big bronze head into the square where a beautiful old church formerly stood. The church had been arrogantly razed in order to accommodate that ‘gift’ statue for the pig Stalin’s 70th birthday.

Bela was a real revolutionary fighting for the lives and liberty of his countrymen. He and his fellow protesters hadn’t been bussed in by some billionaire ex-Nazi who had it in for Khrushchev. No, he was a student in league with a few genuine priests hoping to restore food and some freedom to fellow Hungarians. The folks Bela ran with didn’t have video games or cyber-social media to help energize their fantasies. They were genuinely oppressed people who were starving in every sense and living under the thumb of Soviet Russia - a misery that the ‘brave’ insurgents now only know about through action movies, if they even make that connection.

In Case You Were Planning To Float Any Long Term Loans ...

Sep 22, 2017 — Dave Merrick

Now it is David Meade, a professing Christian, who is predicting a world’s end and rightfully causing gaping mouths and eye rolls from people who are already skeptics of any sort of spirituality. Thank you, David. Regardless of the special meanings you may have applied to your false prophecy, you’ve given the world yet another opportunity to laugh at God, His Son and his precious word, the Bible.

In a bizarre combination of numerology and astrology, stirred in with some of the Bible’s Book of Revelation, Mr Meade has calculated end of the world ‘as we know it’  on Saturday, September 23. Look out. Put on your aluminum foil hats and scuba suits before bed tonight.

Finally! A President Who Will Lead The Righteous Many In Confronting The Wicked Few!

Sep 20, 2017 — Dave Merrick

Just as a lot of people are talking about today, I had anxiously awaited our president’s address before the UN. And my first response is absolutely that the loudest (but NOT the largest) portion of our nation doesn’t deserve to have this man at the helm. Trump and his supporters, as I often reiterate, are currently being ‘punished’ by the left for being where we are. But, regardless, Donald Trump is doing the presidency as he has done everything else in his life, first-class and full steam ahead. His only ‘difficulty’ in satisfying the political palate of many of the sore losers right now is that he simply doesn’t owe anybody anything we don’t know about. So his straightforward language comes across as unpolished and offensive to some. We are accustomed to our presidents ‘shining on’ the general public because the people who elected them are, once the president is installed, no longer of any importance (until next election, of course).

And Now This Word From Carnival Barker Cory Booker ...

Sep 17, 2017 — Dave Merrick

Millions of words are cascading every few minutes from electronic media and cyberspace. Moment to moment we are truly inundated with the blather of ten thousand voices vying for our attention. Precious few are trustworthy. As I have said so often, this is satan’s and his professional politicians’ heyday. While so many are talking … virtually no one is catching the deception. Any ‘errors’ are conveniently and comfortably made in front of a camera or microphone because the charlatans rest in the knowledge that any ‘corrections’ are published in about a half a column-inch in the lower left-hand corner of the last page of some newspaper’s gardening section. And that paper is fast on its way to a trashcan.

Unsuspecting, comfy America asleep on the coach while being chewed up by the prog/left

Sep 5, 2017 — Dave Merrick

I think the biggest challenge for me today is the contrast I carry in my heart and mind of a better world we left behind. Proponents of our downfall, either wittingly or unwittingly, will adamantly fight against the notion that times or people were ever any ‘better’ than they are today. But indeed both were. Since such a huge crowd of people today ‘live’ vicariously by internalizing hours of imaginary garbage fed to them on a droning tv set, many have lost the reality of the contrast of the good things we have left behind us. And the blurring of that has been diabolically and methodically deliberate. The honor and integrity of our leadership has certainly vaporized without our even noticing.

Today dumb kids, and silver ponytails who are afraid of growing up are tearing down historical statuary in an effort to mimic moments of genuine revolutionary conduct in our history. The kids at least might have a bit of an excuse for so humbling themselves, I think, because negligent parents made no effort to introduce them to real and worthwhile frontiers that actually need conquering. I can find no excuse for the silver ponytails, who know how we got here.

The Attack Of Rotten, Vicious Children In Grownup Bodies

Aug 28, 2017 — Dave Merrick

Nearly a year ago I wrote the following narrative that first appeared in Canada Free Press. It works too well with this article not to use it again. Since I wrote this, I’m proud to say I have seen and heard this little vignette referred to by some brainy people I admire in both literary and audiovisual pieces they have done. It is one of a million singular experiences I have been blessed with. I’m glad it has been used by others in spotlighting the development of the Frankenstein that is currently bringing America to its knees.

‘Years ago in a Wal-Mart, I was walking past the toy department. A screaming four year-old was demanding that his mom buy him the little car set he had opened and scattered all over the floor. After the young mother had several times declined and asked him to come along with her, the boy threw one of the toys at her, leaving a cut on her forehead.

Since We ‘Good Men’ Have Done Nothing

Aug 21, 2017 — Dave Merrick

Lots of good reads begin with an old saying. Here then is one very relevant and applicable old saying:

“20 years experience cannot be supplanted by one year’s experience - 20 times.”

And that is a big part, a huge part, of the problem 21st-century America is struggling through right now. And not too many people seem to be mentioning it. But I must.

More Stuff We Can’t Blame On Trump

Aug 14, 2017 — Dave Merrick

Despite what lamestream media might be trying to hammer into our heads right now, the latest installment of America’s ongoing racial nightmare is simply more of number 44’s malignant ‘legacy’ rearing its ugly head. As I have documented in several past articles, he and his wife went out of their way to keep the racial pot stirred. And the froth of boiling hatred we are now experiencing, as common sense should be screaming to us all, has little to do with a paltry seven months of Donald Trump.

But if you are insisting that our nation’s current unrest is attributable to Trump I will agree with you, insofar as liberal media’s/entertainment’s using him in lathering up the mindless liberal numbskulls who get their values, history and ‘political science’ from SNL and Comedy Central.

The New Royal Family Of Socialism

Aug 7, 2017 — Dave Merrick

What made America the greatest economic and social powerhouse in the world was the ability to work for what you want and to enjoy the fruit of that labor. It is called incentive.

Karl Marx loved to sit in coffee shops and whirl out plans for a government that he had no intention of living under. In his spare time he constructed a long, drawn out manifesto that was destined to become one of the choicest tools for a modern-day, bloodthirsty and pressed-for-time devil.

Among other things, Marx was a reporter for an American newspaper. And because he couldn’t make it in the real world of capitalism as a journalist, he dreamed of a government by which he could pull the real world down to his mediocrity.

You Can Only Let Go By Letting God!

Jul 31, 2017 — Dave Merrick

A couple days ago in a nice neighborhood in midtown Manhattan, a man and his wife jumped to their deaths. The suicides are being blamed on financial problems that were ‘spiraling’ out of control. Both bodies carried ID and suicide notes in baggies in their pants pockets. The two were a mom and dad of a son and daughter, 19 and 20. By all means, pray for those kids. The news hit me especially hard because of my own familiarity with suicide.

When I left college in the early ‘70s I was momentarily involved with a really insidious, pseudo-Christian cult. I was no Bible scholar at that time. But when I discovered the group was demanding that its college-age followers become thieves and prostitutes in order to support the group’s bigamist leader in his lavishly decadent lifestyle, I decided that wasn’t for me. I told them I doubted that God was involved in any of that. At which point I was told I had irreversibly offended God in my so judging - and for that I was lost and guaranteed eternal hell..


Jul 24, 2017 — Dave Merrick

As some are speculating, I will also guess that Officer Mohamed Noor, after hearing what might have sounded like a shot, may have believed Justine Damon had a gun in her hand as she leaned toward the squad car in her pajamas. If that was the case, his allegedly firing the shots that killed the unarmed Australian woman was simply the worst of judgments in the presence of panic. In saying all that, I’m straining - times 10 - to give him some benefit of the doubt though obviously none is deserved.

Since this whole nightmare has transpired I have noticed that Minneapolis’ politically correct mayor - who had formerly been so vocal about her “equal opportunity” police force - is now not quite so instant in donning her hijab to do press interviews. And I have to agree with the recent words of the chief of police she scapegoated when she rightly noted that Justine’s death simply, “should not have happened.” In the meantime the Somalian Muslim officer who apparently fired the shots across the chest of his partner/driver, through the driver’s window (a move that counters every bit of training a police officer receives) is not saying a word to a world that is demanding some explanation.

Fake News Works

Jul 4, 2017 — Dave Merrick

In the 21st century, satan has found a home. Jesus called the devil a liar and the Father of Lies. He said that when he lies he is speaking his own language - because the truth is not to be found in him. And as I have said - just as the bank robbers often wear the uniforms of bank guards or police, so the very real adversary of our souls laces everything he does with at least the appearance of truth. It’s how deception climbs into our lives. It most usually clothes itself as hard fact. And the further humans stray from our responsibility to “make sure of all things for ourselves and to tightly hold onto the things that are good and true” (another Bible passage, 1 Thessalonians 5:21 - my paraphrase), the easier it is for liars to survive and prosper.

Making things worse is that people are quite impressionable. Again, the Bible is filled with warnings from God to be cautious in our discrimination and judging from what we see and hear. Jesus called us sheep precisely because our behavior can be sheep-like. Any shepherd (one who must daily anticipate and deal with the behavior of sheep) will confirm that a flock of frightened sheep can instantly follow the dominant leaders of the flock into danger and death, sometimes right over a cliff. I have heard it said that the most common view of sheep is usually just the hind ends of the sheep in front of them. Knowing that alone, I can understand the Lord’s assessment of much of human behavior.


Jun 6, 2017 — Dave Merrick

This is certainly not a new topic for me. This is more of a no-brainer, LIFE-AND-DEATH URGENT MESSAGE that must be heralded around the world at light speed. At one time this all would have been filed under ‘DANGEROUS’, and subsequently avoided out of common sense. Today, however, we have professional politicians who, in the guise of humanitarian magnanimity, feature themselves as champions of the ‘poor Muslims’ who are allegedly despised and persecuted by a bunch of hatemongering conservatives. Through oligarchs such as Obama, Clinton, Pelosi, Waters and many others, the truth has been twisted beyond recognition. The following includes a few examples of that willful distortion ... 

Since late yesterday several million people saw a video in which CNN was staging a peaceful gathering of purportedly Muslim ‘demonstrators’ in London. The authenticity and ethics of CNN in that video should be judged by you, my readers who can watch the accompanying clip. To me it’s obvious that CNN was inventing more news to help wipe the blood off of Islam. The actors were supposed to be ‘protesting’  being identified with the Islamic murderers responsible for the slaughter on London Bridge and in nearby Borough Market. And of course the deceptive magic of that counterfeit ‘news’ will in fact work. Because, of the 7 billion or so people on the earth, only a comparative few millions will ever know the real story. I am proud to say that my Canada Free Press readers will be among those informed.

CNN Caught Staging Fake News to Show Muslim Support After London Attacks?

America Will Soon Capsize ...

Jun 5, 2017 — Dave Merrick

It’s another trophy week for the planet Earth.

Here in the United States a 56-year-old has-been comedienne joined a burgeoning crowd of other has-been celebrities in garnering press on the beat-to-death “I hate Trump” train. It seemed that when she discovered her beheading stunt backfired into her wallet, she got real sorry - for a moment. The tears fell like rain. Then she obviously hooked up with a lawyer who encouraged her to push even harder instead of apologizing.

So, in my way of thinking, she’s now 10 times the embarrassment that she was before she shot herself in the foot in the first place. And she hates our president and (mostly) his 11-year-old son. That’s weird. But her vainglorious mob of fans are already solidly enlisted Trump haters.

Why Donald Trump Scares The “L” Out Of Liberal Media ...

May 29, 2017 — Dave Merrick

It was Bob Dylan who put together the phrase, “... Money doesn’t talk, it SWEARS.” And that is about the first level up from the bottom-line reason behind most of the problems we have in the world today. At least,  the reason for bulldozer-powerful LIES mowing down what is left of today’s rapidly disintegrating civilization.

In 1984,  I watched a disintegrating Democratic Party turn itself completely over to the dark side when Jesse Jackson introduced his ‘Rainbow Coalition’. The DNC at that point became the representative enabler for most everything that I still today consider morally disgusting.

And since that time so many of the ideas that people once considered too ridiculous even to argue about have been legislated into stilted legitimacy: “Wow, that was an awesome looking lady who just went into the WOMEN’s restroom. I think today I’m feeling more and more like a woman!” Or, how about this ‘logic’? “It’s not a baby until it’s born! The woman’s happiness takes precedence over a wriggling lump of protoplasm!” For those of you who don’t see the true absurdity or the real diabolical possibilities of such statements, you are either plain stupid or just as asleep as the rest of a pitifully tv-mesmerized America/world.

Compared To The Threat of A Hillary Clinton, The Russians Look Like Pussycats!

May 8, 2017 — Dave Merrick

A man banging on your door tells you your house is on fire. Right after that, a neighbor runs up - he’s an enemy who’s always wanted the land your house sits on - and tells you the one who warned you is a pathological liar and just wanted to disturb your peaceful Sunday. You go back to the tv, and your wife asks, “What was that all about?” You reply, “Oh, some nut was trying to tell me that our house was on fire.” As the living room fills up with smoke, your wife asks, “Well, aren’t you going to look into that?” You reply, “Oh, heck no! Fred assured me that the man is just a troublemaker.” As flames belch out of the bedroom doors just down the hall, you look at your wife and ask, “What’s for dinner?”

Parallel to the above absurd scenario and much weirder, was what happened when Hillary’s and John Podesta’s emails were made public during our last election. A veritable barge of damning revelation exposing Hillary, her campaign, her campaign director, et al - the authenticity of which was completely confirmed by even the mightiest of the most liberal news-reporting institutions - were broadcast around the world in newspapers magazines, on television and computer screens. And the brainwave response from most of her constituency to all that REVEALING TRUTH was a flatline.