Merv Brandel was born in Kelowna, BC on November 25, 1948. He attended school in Kelowna and then went on to study at the Alberta College of Art from September 1969 to May 1973, graduating with diploma in Commercial Art and Advertising.
In 1984, Merv started painting full time and has never looked back. His work has been characterized by incredible photo realism. Where many have the ability to put on canvas the elements in the view, Merv is unique in his ability to capture the life of the subject and freeze it on canvas. He is currently exhibited in several galleries across British Columbia, Alberta and beyond and has enjoyed his work becoming a part of several large corporate collections.