Featured Artist: Suzanne G. Morris, ASMA, PAPNM

Gloria having fun painting Longhorns at Del Mar Fair 11 x 14 2015

"I have been painting for as long as I can remember. Several years ago I was introduced to painting "alla prima" from the Italian meaning all at once. It employs painting "wet into wet" on the canvas. I am fascinated by the play of light and shadow. It is the effect that light has on a subject that draws me to it... the cool morning light on the water, the colors deep in the long shadows of late afternoon, or the way reddish light at sunset seems to warm everything it touches. Any one of these effects can transform an ordinary subject into an extraordinary one. It is the joy I feel when I come across one of these special moments that I try to capture on my canvases. This is accomplished by adherence to light and shadow patterns, the use of vivid descriptive color, and bold expressive brushwork. My love of the water is reflected in my subject matter. My palette is inspired by my passion for life. Being an artist is a privilege. It is about being in a special place and developing the means to express how I feel about that place. If I do everything just right, I get to share a piece of the magic I feel with those who view my work."

Working in an alla prima method, using broken color, and expressive brushwork, Suzanne Morris looks beyond the literal interpretation of a scene to capture the spirit of her subjects. Drawn to a scene that is magically transformed by the light falling across it, she uses a limited palette to create harmonious paintings that tell a story of a particular time and place.

She is a signature member of the American Society of Marine Artists, and Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, an artist member of the California Art Club, and Laguna Plein Air Painters’ Association, and an associate member of Oil Painters of America, Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters, Outdoor Painting Society, and Women Artists of the West. She served as Show Chair for The American Impressionist Society in 2013. In 2015 Morris competed in 10 plein air festivals, and was juried into the ASMA East Invitational Exhibit, Plein Air Painters of New Mexico’s national exhibition, the Salmagundi Club’s non –member show and Women Artists of the West’s 45th National Exhibition where her painting, “Big City Bright Lights was awarded 3rd place for painting. Most notable of her corporate collectors are Duke University Hospital, The UCLA Medical School at Irvine, Burt’s Bees, East Carolina Bank, and the Commandant of Mid Shipmen at Annapolis Naval Academy. Her work has been featured in American Art Collector Magazine and Southwest Art.

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Paintings by Suzanne:

12" x 16", Oil on Linen

"Big City Bright Lights"
11" x 14", Oil on Linen

"A Winters Tale"
9" x 12", Oil on Linen



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