Morrison’s paintings are held in private collections internationally and are exhibited extensively throughout the UK. Career highlights include the opportunity to exhibit at The Other Art Fair, Bristol, The Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate, Art Fair East, Norwich, The Brick Lane Gallery, London, Richmond and throughout Yorkshire.

“Having graduated from Norwich School of Art in 2010 I have pursued my passion for painting, working as a professional artist and painter in Yorkshire. The West Yorkshire landscape has been my greatest influence throughout my artistic career. I remember my mum would take us on drives and I would watch the landscape though the window come rushing past. Even whilst studying outside the region I continued to paint the Yorkshire landscape as well as Norfolk’s rolling vistas. The vast open spaces of Norfolk allowed me to focus and train myself to produce wide, dramatic and atmospheric skies which I now apply to my paintings of the British landscape.”

The Idea

“There are certain aspects and interests that I am constantly exploring in my work; dramatic skies, the play of light and the space, tone and colour. To be able to capture the fleeting moment of nature in an uninhabited view. The paintings are devoid of human figures and construction which allows the viewer to take a solitary stance and immerse themselves into the landscape. Themes of isolation and escapism have always been prominent within the work I create to be able to appreciate nature in its rawest form. We are increasingly withdrawn from the landscape around us as urbanisation continues to increase.”

 The Process

“By using photography and sketching on location I have a basis for my image, generally creating large paintings back in the studio.

IMG_20160313_114103I construct my own canvases, sizing and priming them with PH Neutral PVA & Primer. I also pre prepare the colours I will use within each painting which is generally a combination of three/four pigments; yellow ochre/raw Siena, cobalt blue, raw umber and titanium white. For my latest series of paintings I have experimented with fluorescent pigments. I prefer to make my own oils with dry pigment and cold-pressed linseed oil. By using a glass muller and palette knife I am able to create high quality oil without the fillers and additives that most manufactured oil paints contain.The first layer of paint on the canvas is a thin bright coat of oil paint, such as orange or pink. I will then begin with a charcoal drawing to set the composition. Key areas are then defined with block colours, often using deep purples or blues to defining areas and to find colour to the shadows. I use linseed oil and poppy seed oil for mixing and thinning oils throughout the process. Textures and colour are built up through layers from dark to light to create depth and give a subtle atmospheric and haunting glow.

I generally work on multiple paintings at the same time so will dip in and out of a work as layers dry.