Merritt Baynes is a surface pattern designer and illustrator based out of Charlottesville, Virginia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She practiced in the field of planning and landscape architecture for over a decade before leaving the profession to raise her 3 children.
Merritt's happiest moments on the job were always spent creating colorful renderings and visions for her clients, and it was out of this passion that Scarlette Soleil was created. Merritt is a relative new comer to the pattern making and illustration world, however, she is not new to design. Her passion for color, texture, and "messy" lines can be found throughout her work.