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:

Judge Righteously And Pray For Righteous Judgment

Sep 29, 2018 — Dave Merrick

Judge Righteously And Pray For Righteous Judgment
Brett Kavanaugh is the absolute picture of old fashioned integrity. And, like the President who is trying to hire him, he is currently being beat up and clawed at mercilessly by satan’s representatives and their cattle-brained followers (the so-called ‘democrats’). The scandal-saturated left is today barely recognizable compared to what it was back when JFK and Hubert Humphrey were at the helm. I have often spoken of the striking contrast that exists between that former and the present Democratic Party that has so drastically morphed into the vile monstrosity it is today. The stark change was initiated by the catalyst of Jesse Jackson’s desperation toss, his ‘Rainbow Coalition’, back in 1984. Jackson had nearly run out of hippies to fuel the foundering ship that had drifted Walter Mondale toward the White House. And so the Rainbow Coalition was born. Like their current push for ‘open borders’ and every other weird fad guaranteed to attract an obligated constituency, the liberals are willing to do anything for votes. They have made themselves the representative umbrella to every kook, pervert and cultist in creation. And, voilà, we have the exact liberty-killing leech that Alexander Hamilton and other framers warned would spring forth in the event that Constitutionally governed America ever lost its God-given conscience. We are there.


Something Remains Rotting In Upstate New York

Sep 2, 2018 — Dave Merrick

Something Remains Rotting In Upstate New York
I didn’t think that my recent article, “Something’s Rotten In Chinatown”, would have time to collect dust before someone like our FBI (a subsidiary of the Democratic Party) might conveniently pooh-pooh the notion that Hillary’s computer system was in fact hacked into by the Chinese. Nevertheless, just the evening prior to my story breaking, the Daily Caller News Foundation had released a very nicely researched and documented story brushing way too close to the truth that leaked from Hillary’s smoke screen even back during Congress’ initial investigations of “e-mailgate”. Then it was discovered that the (conveniently destroyed) classified information on Ms. Clinton’s ‘gas-powered’ computer system had indeed been compromised to adversarial eyes. It was only recently that the Daily Caller’s story answered the question of who it was. I knew, as I was writing that follow-up, that notion would not be allowed to stand. I just had no idea it would be ‘officially’ discredited so quickly.




Something’s Rotten In Chinatown

Sep 1, 2018 — Dave Merrick

Something's Rotten In Chinatown
Two years ago, October 2nd, Canada Free Press scooped this most recent development in Hillary’s e-mail shenanigans. My article entitled, “Finally I Can See What ‘Emailgate’ is REALLY All About!” spelled out the hidden agenda behind Secretary of State Clinton carrying home her classified digital work/e-mails to what I then called a “do-it-yourself, gas-powered, home run computer system.” The Daily Caller News Foundation has now reported that the unauthorized and completely nonsecure computer server at the Clinton home was obviously hacked by a Chinese firm that was “... Involved in collecting intelligence for China.”


Lest We Forget What This Is Really All About

Aug 27, 2018 — Dave Merrick

Lest We Forget What This Is Really All About
Back on the 16th of this month,  I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of our paper and any evidence of the planned, nationwide journalistic attack that was supposed to have been waged against our president that day. The most I could see was a column they had picked up from the Times’ Kathleen Parker. And it was just more of her pitiful anti-Trump tantrum. The spirit of liberal writers like her and Maureen Dowd reminds me of swearing contests I used to take part in behind my uncle’s barn when I was in elementary school.


Waiting Anxiously For The Wheels Of Justice

Aug 15, 2018 — Dave Merrick

Waiting Anxiously For The Wheels Of Justice
Here is Wednesday’s hypothetical situation. Imagine if you will ... The National Rifle Association has hit the streets. Their guns are still holstered, but masked members are running about, sucker punching and clobbering with shot-filled rubber hoses, anybody who is wearing a Hillary Clinton T-shirt or has one of her bumper stickers on a vehicle. Further, imagine that Congressman Jim Jordan gave a speech this morning to a crowd of hyper-reactionary and hysterical conservative listeners.  He advocated that all sorts of physical confrontation and discomfort be generously administered to any liberal members of government who might be seen out and about - shopping or at a restaurant or gas station. The word now is that the gloves are coming off. Democrats are going to start receiving the life-threatening and intimidating pestering they have so long been asking for! And, this word also just in ... In a meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping, our own President Trump was quite accidentally overheard on a live mic assuring Mr. Jinping that, after his second election, in 2020, he will have the irrefutable and irreversible power to keep certain promises made in previous, private conversations. Meanwhile, today many Republicans in major cities throughout the South have been ransacking polling supply warehouses and smashing voting machines owned by Soros Tabulation Incorporated. During the melee, cars and trucks were overturned and a few were set ablaze. And finally, dozens of genuine, Bible-believing Christian denominations have announced that all their pastors nationally will be demanding the investigation, prosecution and removal of most liberal leaders including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and several others. Those demands, strengthened by an accompanying boycott of several liberal-supporting companies, will begin being preached this coming Sunday morning, and will not let up until the aforementioned people are prosecuted and imprisoned.


Prepare For America’s Communication Suffocation

Aug 15, 2018 — Dave Merrick

Prepare For America's Communication Suffocation
This is undoubtedly the scariest time we have been in since America was founded. We have been here for about a week. Where we are right now makes the Cuban missile crisis or major terrorist attacks, by comparison, look like little more than daily news. One of the reasons I can see it and so many can’t is because I threw out my cable television over 30 years ago. If I want news, I go looking for it from reliable sources. I don’t sit in an easy chair and let some propagandist posing as an anchorman or pundit ram his version of what he wants me to see as news down my throat.


It’s Time To Leave ‘CNN Land’

Jul 31, 2018 — Dave Merrick

It's Time To Leave CNN Land
People are beginning to wake up to the fact that the biggest and most seditious ‘collusion’ in our nation today is the collusion between leftist politicians and the liberal media. I have written several articles about that partnership - collusion - between the liberal media/entertainment empire and leftist politicians. But people, being the sheep that we are, are slow to catch on. Nevertheless, here is one great way of understanding most all the current confusion politically and socially here in America. It really is just this simple: Leftist politicians love to hype ‘socialism’ as the cure for every problem of society. Why? Because in socialism the government holds all the cards. In socialism the government controls the money, and that is where leftist politicians want to be. It makes them all bankers. Ever notice that so many wealthy leftist politicians came into their wealth after they came into their offices? It’s true. Socialism can be compared to a big bucket of milk fresh out of the cow. All the cream floats to the top. That’s where leftist politicians want to be - on top with the cream. Of course liberal media wants to be there, running the show with them.


A Mexican Miracle In Response To The MAN We Know As Donald J. Trump!

Jul 26, 2018 — Dave Merrick

A Mexican Miracle In Response To The MAN We Know As Donald J. Trump!
Former Mexican president Felipe Calderon, during the Obama administration, quickly picked up on our then traitor-in-chief/president’s invitation to the world to use a wounded Constitutional America he was out to ruin as a welcome mat and a grab bag full of bleeding-heart-leftist-enabled entitlements. I remember the shock I experienced watching that wannabe dictator, floating stylishly on all the drug cartel money and funds wired home from illegals, standing in front of our House of Representatives, actually scolding Arizona and the United States for daring to prevent his people from ‘pursuing their dreams’ here in America. Of course when he said that he was met with a standing ovation from the oligarchic socialists on the left side of the aisle. Calderon has never been bashful about bashing the United States for even the right’s attempts at maintaining the integrity of our southern border. With Obama in office, he saw his opening. He probably even rehearsed his diatribe before Barack for his approval. In hindsight, can we doubt that?


A True Story For A Sunday Morning

Jul 24, 2018 — Dave Merrick

A True Story For A Sunday Morning
The night of Jesus’ last meal with his disciples, Jesus told Peter - who had just assured Jesus that he would never be ashamed of their relationship - that (Saint, yes) Peter would in fact deny Him, that very night, three times before the rooster had finished crowing. And that is exactly what Peter did. Peter’s third denial was even made with him swearing at the person who had put the two of them together! By the time the cock had crowed twice, Peter, hearing that, wept bitterly lamenting his own weakness. Peter ran off into the night, ashamed of himself. Jesus was, as always, right. It is still like that, when you are a Christian. At least it was/is for me. I still remember how embarrassed I was, prior to my conversion, for people who openly confessed faith in a real Jesus Christ. People made fun of them. I knew I would get fighting mad if people made fun of me. I was too cool to stand for any of that. The kindred vulnerability to criticism and rejection toward outspoken Christians had a lot to do with my reluctance to seriously consider becoming one of them. As many of you have heard me say before, when Christians would approach me on campus with the stock, “Have you found Jesus?” My reply (and I swear this was then original with me) was usually always, “No, is He lost? If I see Him, should I tell Him to get a hold of you?” (Words to that effect) To this day, at times, I confess I still occasionally get cold feet at having to talk about Jesus in front of certain folks.


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

Jul 22, 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.