Meriam Braselle started Braselle Design Company in Newport Beach, California at the young age 21. Over the course of a successful 25-year Interior Design career she completed many notable hospitality projects. Also among her achievements are historic renovation and restoration projects in the United States and Canada. Her award winning projects have been published nationally in books and magazines.

Being a lover of nature, Meriam began painting in plein air in 1991. Her hobby soon became a passion. She moved to a beach retreat at the base of Abalone Point at Crystal Cove State Park. Walking and painting at the beach and in the beautiful canyons above became a ritual and way of life.

In 1996, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association was formed by a small group of friends and fellow painters. LPAPA has since grown to 300 members and is responsible for the successful annual event held at the Laguna Art Museum. Meriam Braselle started the Host-An-Artist program for this event and has since been the artist liaison for LPAPA.

In early 2001, Meriam started the book about Crystal Cove, which she coauthors with Laura Davick and Karen Stern. The book “Crystal Cove Cottages…an Island in Time” released in June of 2005 depicts the colorful history of Crystal Cove Historic District with the use of current and historic art, photographs, and stories about Crystal Cove. Information collected for the book has become part of the “Crystal Cove Archives” that will be housed at the special collections department of University of California in Irvine.

During the production of the book Meriam represented LPAPA, the California Art Club and other artists in the quest to attain an Arts and Cultural Center at Crystal Cove State Park where there will be an “artist in residence program” and a forum for the continuation of the tradition of Plein Air painting. After investing thousands of hours, approvals for this dream were finally realized in June of 2004.

Meriam has served on the advisory board of the Crystal Cove Alliance and helped to establish the annual art events where the sale of artworks painted at the cove continue to create public awareness of the endangered cottages and also raise funds towards the mission of the Crystal Cove Alliance.

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association
California Art Club
Southern California Plein Air Painters Association
Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters