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:

Constitutional America Is Indeed The Last Stand For Liberty On This Earth!

Jul 18, 2018 — Dave Merrick

Constitutional America Is Indeed The Last Stand For Liberty On This Earth!
Many things bear repeating nowadays - everything worthwhile, anyway. Anyone, especially writers/commentators who are sharing their thinking, broadcast, quickly learn that at least two thirds of the audience they last had either weren’t listening or will have forgotten some of what was said by their next appearance. And at their next appearance, two thirds of the crowd will be brand-new. Such is certainly the case on the cyberstreets of the Internet. And that being the case, I need to repeat the following bit of truth. For those who have heard it already, forgive me…


America’s Prologue To Tragedy

Jul 9, 2018 — Dave Merrick

America's Prologue To Tragedy
Mr. Zuckerberg has now passed Warren Buffett in billions, taking over the spot for the third richest man on the planet. As Bob Dylan has said, “Money doesn’t talk - it swears.” And young Mark might be the most powerful guy on earth, even despite his wealth, simply because he runs a growing ‘nation’ that contains more people than Russia, China and the USA combined. As I have said before, to watch our Congress officially ‘interrogate’ him is an embarrassment. Except for a precious few, most all of them are fluttering like teenage girls in the early ‘60s asking questions of the Beatles. They don’t behave that way because their kids have so much fun on Facebook. It’s because he is the last man that vote-hungry politicians want to upset. And that kind of ‘economy’ is truly the present state of our union. It’s all about votes, regardless of the cost.


The Danger Of Our Time: When Questions Are Left To Die Unanswered

Jul 4, 2018 — Dave Merrick

The Danger Of Our Time: When Questions Are Left To Die Unanswered
One of the billions of pictured thought-captions floating around the web, asks this question: “Why is it that liberals demand gun control after every shooting - but never border control after every rape and murder by illegals?!” Those sorts of ‘memes’, as they’re called, perhaps rile people up. But, in the big picture, in the sea of words out there, that no one seems to slow down and sort through, it is a good question that should be answered. And that query caught my mind, and wouldn’t let it go. Doctors look at symptoms and thereby assess the possible underlying causes of those outer manifestations of an advancing disease. I suddenly saw that meme as present societal symptoms screaming out for a closer look.


Santayana Was Never A Rock Musician

Jun 30, 2018 — Dave Merrick

George Santayana
It is a no-brainer that we are right now doomed to go through some really bad times. Anybody who tells you anything different is either trying to sell you something or they probably just need to back off on their meds. Nevertheless, Mr. Santayana’s beat-to-death, pure gold adage is about to fall upon us in its full weight because very few around us have even a nodding acquaintance with vital history. I mean, most of the universities these days seem to be teaching their own, new and improved version of history. But real history, our civilization’s blood-soaked past that was packaged with painful experience and the subsequent critical thinking that had to be done in order to milk wisdom from tragedy, that seems to be all but clean gone.


When Do We Get To The Last Straw?

Jun 25, 2018 — Dave Merrick

When Do We Get To The Last Straw?
It was when I was a kid in junior high that I came to the end of my patience with bullies. At thirteen, I was an easy-going young man closing in on 6 1/2 feet tall. On the way there, a lot of my smaller (most all of them were) peers discovered that I would take a lot of ribbing and silently absorb it or laugh it off. One particular morning, however, I was on my way to give a special girl a satin heart full of chocolates, and the candy was balanced precariously on the bundle of schoolbooks I had under my arm. As I was walking down the hall toward her classroom, one of my regular irritations - a normal-sized classmate of mine - attempted to entertain some friends by running up and pushing me from behind. My books and the chocolate box went flying to the floor.¬† The heart-shaped box sprang open, and the chocolates rolled in all directions. A fight ensued. The perp went home with two black eyes and a bloody nose. All who witnessed my last straw testified in my favor. Our principal completely exonerated me. And no one ever messed with me again. When I got into college, I was 6’10” tall. That tussle in junior high was the very last time I had to use my fists to communicate with anyone. No brag. Just fact. Enough was enough.


Donald Trump! You May Already Be A Winner!

Jun 9, 2018 — Dave Merrick

Donald Trump! You May Already Be A Winner!
Cutting to the chase, right here, right now, is how our fine President can easily pay for the wall.  The wall he is attempting to build— and taking even more abuse — for our nation’s best interests. This surefire solution which will pick up the tab on ‘his’ wall is an idea I have been plagued with ever since he, in his obvious masochistic lust, took over the Oval Office. Other people might have suggested what I’m about to propose. But the idea certainly hasn’t achieved much mileage, in that I have not heard this from any other source. Here I am, in this day and age, actually claiming originality? But yes, I have lost my mind. Ah, but I digress…


Sanctioned Dishonesty Satan’s Work

May 15, 2018 — Dave Merrick

Sanctioned Dishonesty Satan’s Work
Talented musician and former ‘Eagle’, Don Henley, wrote a song called “Gimme What You Got”. In it is one of my very favorite one liners, with or without music: He wrote, “Cross a lawyer with the Godfather, baby, he’ll make you a deal you can’t understand.” Lawyers can be like that. The best lawyers are talented simplifiers or, when it suits their needs, master complicators. In order to get a point across, a good lawyer may or may not make things easily understandable. And oftentimes, when looking to win a case, they will surgically overhaul the truth to warp or diminish its power entirely. The devil is often moving in our minds like an arguing lawyer. He knows the law, every loophole in the law - he knows human nature - and he knows how to make any lie look like the truth - and vice versa. I know just enough law to know that if I ever represented myself in court regarding any matter larger than a parking ticket, I could easily wind up incarcerated for life. And l know enough about the apologetic skills of satan to not enter into many arguments with him. But when he corners me, God’s word and His ever present Spirit are indeed the ‘Mighty Fortress’ Martin Luther was justifiedly singing about.


Lie Me A River

May 11, 2018 — Dave Merrick

Lie Me A River
We could get into a big, living room brawl about “Why do there have to be wars?!” And we used to, you know, when we were kids who didn’t know any history. And in the 60s-70s that argument was finally allowed to progress to the extent that it did - largely because the music industry showed the rest of the business world how much money could be made from the products of the unprecedented perfect storms created by 20th century sheltered naïveté.


How We, As A Family, Finally Conquered Liberal Network TV!

Apr 30, 2018 — Dave Merrick

Tom Selleck -- Copyright: Dave MerrickIn many of my articles I have mentioned that I don’t watch tv, and haven’t since 1987. Some people have written me and have accused me of doing a self-righteous act in mentioning that. Some have scolded me for inflicting my children with a ‘goody two-shoes, forced piety’. Still others actually accuse me of lying, saying that ‘everybody watches tv’. Well I don’t. And let me qualify that my wife and I do enjoy watching DVDs of all sorts of movies occasionally. And we like some YouTube and some stuff on Netflix as well. We just don’t do network stuff.

[Author’s Note: My favorite show on Netflix is “BlueBloods”. I highly recommend that show. It is a STRONG show centered on a STRONG family with STRONG family values. All the actors on that excellent program are perfect for the characters they play, and are themselves excellent actors. Nevertheless, one of my all-time favorite entertainment personalities is the program’s star, Tom Selleck. In further fact, I am a professional portrait artist, and years ago I did a big portrait for Tom. It was a graphite piece, larger-than-life size, of the character that Tom played in what was at the time his favorite movie, “Quigley Down Under”. Often, while my wife and I are enjoying the program, I will pause it, look over at her and say, “Did I ever tell you about the time I did a portrait for Mr. Selleck? And have I told you how much he enjoyed that?” And her awestruck answer, after she rolls her eyes, is usually something like, “I don’t remember, Mr. Humility. Will you please shut up and let me watch this?”]


President Macron Would Be Thrown Out Of Rick’s In Casablanca!

Apr 28, 2018 — Dave Merrick

President Macron Would Be Thrown Out Of Rick's In Casablanca!I was so thoroughly disgusted with oligarch Macron’s performance here in America. With his Obama/Trudeau-esque ‘charm’ and lighthearted con-man act, he attempted to work our president like a jukebox. And our own Donald, in his response to that, was nothing but a class act in opening our hospitality and home up - through his heart - in his best effort at showing our traditionally American welcome to a man who pretended to be his friend for three days. I have been on the road for the past week, so I am not sure who-all-has-written-whatever about Macron’s visit. But when I saw his address to the House, I was amazed. That reptilian miniature Marxist, in his every press op with our president, was preparing us all for his One World sales pitch. And it was all done before the crowd of newly-emerging, liberal-press-programmed droids who ’44’ spent eight years in preparing for their dream of universal socialism and the Fundamental Transformation of America. So, like the cheese-eating, surrender monkeys back home in France who put him in office, our own American branch of the New World Order completely fell for Manny’s kissey-faced, touchy-feely smiles and nonsense while our gracious but totally betrayed President Trump remained the perfect host.


Trail Running Pike’s Peak With God

Apr 23, 2018 — Dave Merrick

Trail Running Pike's Peak With God
I had all sorts of material available for a Sunday morning story. And I decided it was time for another personal piece about the author’s ongoing weird life. I am ecstatic to report that I have received several letters from people who follow my writing. I guess I can call them ‘followers’ - and they have informed me that I have a following! Before I had been writing for a while, I had no following as a writer. As a portrait-painting and wildlife artist, I still have quite a following. But, back when I had not written anything, most people didn’t care much for my writing. The years have changed all that, as letters from my followers have confirmed. Ah, but I repeat myself.


Prog-Left Making American Way of Life UnBalanced And Way Beyond Unfair

Apr 20, 2018 — Dave Merrick

Hello? Is anybody there?
When is it our turn? The slime has oozed above the gunwales. Our president, vice president, their wives and their every conservative supporter - from our truly conservative representatives/senators to conservative voters - have become the brunt of every sort of attack from leftist ‘leadership’, their constituency, and the liberal left media/entertainment industry that empowers them. Obama, Clinton, Comey, Mueller, Rosenstein, by name, have all become trademarks for the unsurpassable height of doubledealing, double-standarded hypocrisy. They have been allowed to travel above and below the law and state in literally getting away with everything. And conservative America, if it dares to complain, is further vilified and told to go suck wind.


Dumb Kids Against Freedom!

Apr 14, 2018 — Dave Merrick

Dumb Kids Against Freedom!
Good news! According to a Denver Post article by Danika Worthington, “Young people across the nation have amplified calls to end gun violence ...” Of course this exalted movement has sprouted since the rotten kid in Florida took 17 lives in the gun-powered tantrum he threw at Broward County’s Parkland High School. She goes on to say that “Teens and twenty-somethings” have created yet another anti-gun group. This one is called, “Vote for Our Lives”. It’s a Colorado-based ‘sister organization’ to the “March for Our Lives” that has purportedly staged more than 30 events nationally, getting young people to help bolster America’s stupid gun-hate and to encourage their friends to ‘be the first on their block!’ to register to vote! It might be more accurately called, “Dumb Kids Against Freedom.”


A New Low From the Deep State

Apr 11, 2018 — Dave Merrick

A New Low From the Deep State
As of last night, April 9, 2018, satellite thermography had mysteriously recorded tiny patches of ground at Monticello and Mount Vernon, Virginia as well as in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and points scattered throughout the East - Northeast, at temperatures nearing 600°F. The nearly forty red spots in an otherwise black infrared photo were identified as the gravesites of the signers of our United States Constitution. The heat generated, local authorities said, was attributed to the spinning bodies of the interred.

Granted, a silly opening for an article concerning one of the most singularly shameful and stunningly horrific points to date in our national history: Yesterday, most obviously some time shortly after the dropdead deadline wherein Tucker Carlson could have appropriately given it the incredulous sarcasm and scathing criticism it deserved, the FBI raided our president’s attorney’s office and his Park Avenue hotel room. I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT ANY JUDGE IN THIS LAND WOULD HAVE PERMITTED SUCH AN ATROCITY.


Good News In A World Full Of Bad News!

Apr 9, 2018 — Dave Merrick

Good News In A World Full Of Bad News!
I heard a story years ago about a British college student, a Christian young man in the 1800s, who was having great difficulties with his very sarcastically outspoken atheist philosophy professor. Daily, in the closing minutes of his class, his prof would read some verse or Bible story and then make jokes about the Bible and brutally ridicule anyone of his students who had ever expressed belief in God. On one particular day the teacher singled out the young man and laughingly demanded that he explain the ‘deeper meaning’ behind the seventh verse in the fourth chapter of the Song of Solomon. The professor first read the verse in a mocking tone, “Thou art all fair, my love, and there is no spot in thee.” “So-called Bible scholars say that this is actually God addressing his Christian children! How in the world could anyone arrive at such a stretch?!” The class was silent as the student he had singled out quietly stood up and answered, “Sir, the entire Bible is indeed God’s love letter to His children. And you have, in your many pitiful criticisms, perfectly illustrated the fact that one shouldn’t be reading other people’s mail!”


“Fake News” Masquerading as Founders’ “Liberty Tree”

Apr 2, 2018 — Dave Merrick

Fake News Masquerading as Founders’ Liberty Tree
You MUST SEE the embedded video accompanying this writing. I found it just a few hours ago. It was posted by razor-sharp freedom fighter, Paul Joseph Watson, on one of his Facebook pages. As I watched this thing, my jaw hit the tabletop. It is yet another bright light cutting through the current darkness that should be showcased from every corner of what’s left of ‘free news media’ here in our suffering America. Watch the video if it is still available, and pass this article on to as many as quickly as you can.


An Easter Invitation ... RSVP

Apr 1, 2018 — Dave Merrick

An Easter Invitation ... RSVP
This article is addressed especially to those among my good readers who are unbelievers and have not been approached by the real Christians who are supposed to be doing their job in telling you about the real good news of Jesus Christ. I often feel that most people have the idea that God is this huge, ANGRY monster, and He is just waiting for us to mess up! But He is not at all that.

If you are staying home from church this Easter, or you are one of millions of people on this earth who might be in church this Easter but you don’t personally know Jesus Christ (or are uncertain about that), this is the Easter message you need to hear…


Ban Television not Guns

Mar 31, 2018 — Dave Merrick

Ban Television not Guns
On the peaceful drive home from Santa Fe, going the back way up through the San Luis Valley to Colorado Springs, I caught an AM radio program that was wafting in and out from some town in the southwestern United States. The sun was setting. I was alone on the highway. And the saged prairies dotted with dark juniper cedar trees were rolling by in front of high mountains covered in pine. Anyone who’s made that trip will understand the awesome solemnity which accompanies that beautiful scenery.

The scratchy radio was a live presentation from some college alumni gathering of heavy-brained academicians who met every Sunday evening somewhere on the West Coast. I didn’t catch any of those particulars. Nevertheless the speaker was a brilliant old man - whose name, sadly, I will never know. This was years back when speakers at college campuses had no fear of bratty protesters who refused to behave themselves. And there was certainly not the slightest possibility of any physical uprisings from anyone who might have disagreed with the speaker’s point of view or his candor in expressing it.


The Night That God Came to the Camp Fire

Mar 28, 2018 — Dave Merrick

The Night That God Came to the Camp Fire
Jesus’ disciples were greatly impressed at the miracles He was performing as they went about their evangelical business. He was healing the sick, restoring sight to the blind, regularly dodging death in various attempts on His life, and He even restored life to people who had died. Miracles were certainly flowing from the merciful heart of a loving God. But the miracles were also intended to drive home the authenticity of Jesus’ divinity and to underscore His invitation for our salvation. Just as we are told throughout Scripture, Jesus Christ - whether you want to hear it, or believe it, or not - is God in human flesh. He is that, even at this very moment!

When His disciples expressed their amazement at the miracles that accompanied Jesus’ ministry, He told them that the works He was doing, His disciples (followers) would do, and even greater works as well! (John 14:12)

I am a believer, a grateful disciple of Jesus. And, while I haven’t yet raised anybody from the dead, I have certainly witnessed many real miracles in my own life - quite regularly. Further, I fully believe that He is preparing His followers for fantastic miracles yet to be performed. As the day of His return gets closer, raising the dead will certainly be included in those miracles. This story is about one of many preparatory miracles that have happened in my life. Every miracle God gives us is a story that is meant to be told to as many as we can. Because each time the story is told, God is glorified, and another invitation is given by God to the listener to receive life everlasting.


Hillary’s Accused “Misogynist”  is Satan’s Public Enemy No. 1

Feb 25, 2018 — Dave Merrick

Hillary’s Accused Misogynist is Satan’s Public Enemy No. 1
Way back when I was a hippie, all the pot and loud music couldn’t cloud the fact that the wrong side of any debate was usually the more dramatic, flowery presentation. The plentiful aesthetics, drugs, sex, music, movies, etc. of the 60s only proved to deaden everybody’s brains. Believe it or not, when LSD and marijuana first became popular,  I was actually excited because I (like eventually even Elvis) thought that drugs could change the thinking that got us into wars and racism. I remember when my flower-child friends were no longer ‘turning on’ for love and deep discussion. They just started doing drugs to get high. All the dope became just a different form of entertainment - beyond alcohol. And I have since sadly watched most all the progeny from that generation dumb down and fight for conformity and nice feelings for their lives instead of thoughtful substance and sanity. Common sense is dead, in that it is no longer common.