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Artist Information

Name: Rita Morris
Medium: Painting
Style: Figurative, Landscape, Realism, Western, Wildlife

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_placement=“middle” width=“full”][vc_column width=“1/6”][/vc_column][vc_column width=“2/3”][vc_tta_tabs layout=“trendy” stretch=“1” title_font=“body”][vc_tta_section title=“Artist State­ment” tab_id=“1556914256614–6307e2bb-988af268-aa4e”][vc_column_text]When you con­sid­er how sim­ple and unim­pres­sive a small, white can­vas is com­pared to the vast­ness and unlim­it­ed col­ors of all that our Mas­ter Cre­ator God has pro­vid­ed, it’s a hum­bling yet fas­ci­nat­ing task to try to bring these things togeth­er. And every day, with palette and brush in hand, that’s what I get to do! I am for­ev­er grate­ful for the oppor­tu­ni­ty to be a west­ern artist.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=“Biography” tab_id=“1556904212576-a00267d3-de6ecfc7-1e2fbf04-4ffa89a3-5384f268-aa4e”][vc_column_text]Rita Mor­ris, a native of North Louisiana and long-time Tex­an, is a west­ern artist who tru­ly appre­ci­ates the brave pio­neers who were instru­men­tal in tam­ing the ear­ly Amer­i­can fron­tier. Their way of life con­tin­ues to inspire and dri­ve her to cap­ture on can­vas the adven­tur­ous men and women — and the some­times threat­en­ing sit­u­a­tions they encoun­tered — as they tried to sur­vive in the beau­ti­ful, but often dan­ger­ous, coun­try they called home.

Rita’s inter­est in the Amer­i­can West began at an ear­ly age as she lis­tened to her Native Amer­i­can grand­moth­er telling fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries about her child­hood. This strong influ­ence would lat­er give Rita the inspi­ra­tion and desire to paint this sub­ject mat­ter that still draws her inter­est more than any other.

Fea­tur­ing both impres­sion­is­tic and real­is­tic touch­es, Rita’s art uses col­or and a sense of move­ment with­in rus­tic land­scapes to por­tray the cow­boys, Native Amer­i­cans, pio­neer women, moun­tain men, buf­fa­lo, long­horns, and hors­es, that con­vey the dra­ma and romance of the ear­ly Amer­i­can West. “The peo­ple and events por­trayed in west­ern art are exam­ples of the Amer­i­can ‘Can-Do’ attitude—and it’s a sto­ry that demands to be told and shown,” she says. “Whether my cur­rent paint­ing is of cow­boys and their trusty hors­es out­run­ning an approach­ing storm, or a herd of long­horns work­ing their way down a steep hill­side, or maybe a mighty war­rior on his light­ning fast pony, I am always aware that God Who cre­at­ed all these things has giv­en me the oppor­tu­ni­ty to do what I love and I am so thankful!”

Rita Mor­ris is a Sig­na­ture Mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Plains Artists and has been a juried artist in their shows at the Muse­um of West­ern Art in Ker­rville, Texas, and the Annu­al Exhib­it and Sale at the Pearce Muse­um in Cor­si­cana Texas. Her work “But When She Dances” was fea­tured on the cov­er of “Leg­ends” mag­a­zine in Sal­a­do, Texas. Rita’s paint­ings have also been in the C. M. Rus­sell Show and Exhib­it in Great Falls, Mon­tana, for four years; the Nation­al Gree­ley Art Exhib­it in Gree­ley, Col­orado; the juried Amer­i­can Plains Artist Show in Lin­coln, Nebras­ka; and the Okla­homa Impres­sion­ism Exhib­it in Tul­sa. Oth­er shows in Texas include the juried Spir­it of Texas Art Show; The Bosque Art Clas­sic; The West­ern Asso­ciates Show and Sale; the Bra­zos Riv­er Invi­ta­tion­al West­ern Art Show, and sev­er­al years in The Par­ty at the Muse­um of West­ern Art in Ker­rville. Her “Dressed To Kill” was used in the video doc­u­men­tary, “Uncov­er­ing the Past” pro­duced by the Indi­ana Kanka­kee Val­ley His­tor­i­cal Society.

Build­ing on her 25 years as a west­ern artist, Rita con­tin­ues to cre­ate works that move and delight the view­er. Her work is proud­ly dis­played in gal­leries, cor­po­rate sur­round­ings, and pri­vate col­lec­tions across the Unit­ed States.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=“CV” tab_id=“1569359763326–17a47907-3f29”][vc_column_text]PERSONAL

Rita Mor­ris is a west­ern painter, work­ing pri­mar­i­ly in oils.  Born in Louisiana, in 1955, she cur­rent­ly lives and works in Tyler, Texas.  Her sub­ject mat­ter con­sists of fig­ures and scenes depict­ing west­ern life of the past and present, done in the style of impres­sion­is­tic realism.

EDUCATION
Rita has stud­ied under the following:

Andy Thomas
Craig Tennant
Mar­tin Grelle
Bruce Greene
Roy Andersen
Larce Holder

EXHIBITIONS
Okla­homa Impres­sion­ism — July, 2015
The Rus­sell Show and Exhi­bi­tion — March, 2015
Bra­zos Riv­er Invi­ta­tion­al — Jan­u­ary, 2015
Bosque Con­ser­va­to­ry Show and Sale — 2014
West­ern Asso­ciates Exhib­it and Sale — 2014
Spir­it of Texas Show and Sale — 2014
The Rus­sell Show and Exhi­bi­tion — 2013

COLLECTIONS
Pri­vate  Col­lec­tions through­out the U.S.
Cor­po­rate Col­lec­tions, Texas[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=“Artist Inter­view” tab_id=“1569360344972–9cc48763-6f83”][vc_column_text]

Artist Interview: Rita Morris

What are your ear­li­est mem­o­ries relat­ed to art?
I can still see it now! My moth­er quite often had a can­vas and art palette on our kitchen table. I was amazed at the beau­ti­ful flow­ers she could make look so real!

How and when did you start becom­ing an artist yourself?
I was giv­en art lessons at an ear­ly age and was blessed to have as my teacher a very tal­ent­ed artist whose spe­cial­ty was draw­ing. His instruc­tion, com­bined with my artist moth­er’s love for paint­ing in oils, gave me a great foun­da­tion and a desire to cre­ate that has nev­er gone away.

What was the evo­lu­tion like toward find­ing your cur­rent voice and visu­al vocabulary?
It’s def­i­nite­ly been an excit­ing jour­ney — from the ear­ly stages of my work to the place where I am now. I have had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to study with and learn from some great artists! I will always take oppor­tu­ni­ties to grow and to exper­i­ment with dif­fer­ent tech­niques, but I tru­ly believe my sub­ject mat­ter will always be the Amer­i­can West.

What is your process like?
First, I like to “see” the idea in my mind, and then I spend time think­ing and rethink­ing it. I ask myself, “What do I want to show from this paint­ing?” Then the phys­i­cal work begins. Sketch­ing … REs­ketch­ing … and often more REs­ketch­ing! Next comes paint­ing … REpaint­ing … and final­ly … HOPING that I have por­trayed the emo­tions I want­ed the view­er to experience.

Is there any­thing from your artist state­ment that you wish to expound on, that you nor­mal­ly don’t have the chance to discuss?
It’s very impor­tant to me that those who view my work know that it’s all God! He gives the glo­ri­ous scenes to be cap­tured on can­vas and He gives the tal­ent to bring it to life.

What do you try to con­trol in your sur­faces, and what do you leave to chance?
I try to tell a sto­ry with each and every stroke of my brush­es and I leave it to the view­er to become a part of that sto­ry as he/she stands in front of a fin­ished work.

Where do you see your work going from here?
I hope to see it hang­ing on walls around the world![/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tabs][/vc_column][vc_column width=“1/6”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_placement=“middle” width=“full” css=”.vc_custom_1556905803913{padding-right: 5% !important;padding-left: 5% !important;}”][vc_column][us_grid post_type=“attachment” images=“1844,1845,1846,1847,1848,1849,966,965,964,963,962,961,960,959,958” items_quantity=“15” pagination=“ajax” items_layout=“gallery_default” type=“masonry” columns=“3” overriding_link=“popup_post_image”][/vc_column][/vc_row]