merle fisher’s brand: artistic ambition & a long-standing creative process
Merle Fisher was 16 years old when he discovered the career he does today.
“I remember going to the office of a friend who was much older than me, and I saw all these posters and albums and graphics she was designing,” he recalls. “And I remember thinking, ‘I can’t believe people get paid to do this.’ It was just so cool to me.”
The artistic ambition sparked that day had been there; arguably, his entire life, but most certainly since age nine when Fisher received a wood saw from his father. The boy started designing and making wooden toys with it. And – as he recalls with a laugh – so many wooden toys.
“Making those wooden toys when I was a kid was more about the creative process than anything else,” he says.
You can only imagine what it was like for that kid to find out as a teenager that the creative process could be a career. He ran with the idea not long after that when, at 19 years old, he took all the money he earned from a summer job and invested in two things: a used Mac off eBay and Adobe’s Creative Suite.
Merle knew only the saw and wooden toys had changed form – the process would be the same. Armed with his new tools, he was ready to hit the ground running.
He just needed the work.