Merrill Mason lives in Philadelphia and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She studied at Yale and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

She is Museum Director, Emerita, American Philosophical Society (APS) in Philadelphia. The 13 million manuscripts and other objects in the APS collections inspire her studio practice, especially works by early 18th century natural historians. https://www.amphilsoc.org/  

Scarlet Tanagers live in her garden in Mexico.