Mernie Buchanan ~ Bio

Mernie and Rosie
Photo by Catherine Buchanan

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Mernie Art & Design Studio has been in business in historic downtown Benicia for over twenty years. Her specialties are:

  • Studio art in acrylic, watercolor and oil
  • Commercial & residential murals
  • Portraits
  • Illustration
  • Fine lettering & design
  • Color consulting


  • She received a BA in Art from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1977 and continued studies at the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland. Mernie worked for Tony Devroude & Associates Interior Architects when she created the design for the front entrance floor of the Las Vegas Hilton in 1980. The hotel spent 1.5m to install it in terrazzo marble, and its still there today (some kind of record for Las Vegas). She has painted murals at the San Francisco Zoo, the San Francisco Airport and the Community Youth Center in Concord.

    Mernie's oil, acrylic, watercolor and mixed media paintings are collected internationally and hang in numerous private and corporate collections.

    CA painting & decorating license #824618