Artist Profile: Scooter Morris

We spoke to artist Scooter Morris about some of the iconic images that appear in her paintings as well as her technique.

 

"For Love or Country" Acrylic and Mixed Media, 50" x 50" by artist Scooter Morris. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“For Love or Country” Acrylic and Mixed Media, 50″ x 50″

 

ABI:  When did you first realize you were an artist, and how did your career develop?

SM:  When I was six years old, I went to my grandmother and asked her to sew a piece of fabric in particular places to create what I thought could be a bag when finished. Both my mother and grandmother realized I was designing something from an idea I had envisioned. I began art classes very soon after that.

When I was fourteen, I got a position as an apprentice to a goldsmith, after school. And at 16, I got a job working as a jeweler in downtown, Pittsburgh. Contemporaneously, I began to build a portfolio of work to exhibit my ability as an artist and proceeded to apply to colleges. I was accepted into Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia. Subsequently, most of my employment was involved with the arts or doing my own work.

 

"Tread Softly" Acrylic and Canvas on Canvas, 50" x 50"by artist Scooter Morris. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Tread Softly” Acrylic and Canvas on Canvas, 50″ x 50″

 

ABI:  Many of your paintings include images of flags. What is the thinking behind this collection?

SM:  Although my work includes other subject matter, landscapes and abstract paintings, I began to work on the use of iconic images as they have deeply rooted connections and personal interpretations for people.

 

"Don't Tread on Me" Acrylic on Canvas, 50" x 50" by artist Scooter Morris. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Don’t Tread on Me” Acrylic on Canvas, 50″ x 50″

 

At first glance, you see an image, perhaps an iconic symbol, (the flag, hearts, stars, or other symbols) that seem familiar, and when you look closer the detail is revealed. The flag paintings have a way of allowing each person to find what holds meaning for them. Two people can look at the same painting and find their own interpretation on its meaning.

 

"Your Move" Acrylic and Mixed Media, 22" x 22" by artist Scooter Morris. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Your Move” Acrylic and Mixed Media, 22″ x 22″

 

We are all influenced by our past experiences. Some people see only what they want to see, but my wish is to inject into the moment an added insight of possibility.

 

"Articulation" Acrylic and Canvas on Canvas, 30" x 30" by artist Scooter Morris. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Articulation” Acrylic and Canvas on Canvas, 30″ x 30″

 

ABI:  Explain your unusual technique in constructing sculpted paintings.

SM:  I began this style of working over 30 years ago. “Sculpted Paintings” are created as a three-dimensional image on a two-dimensional plane. Texture is employed to insinuate a layered and complex visual form of depth where light and color interact to create a sculpted image.

 

"September Landscape" Acrylic and Canvas on Canvas, 60" x 48" by artist Scooter Morris. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“September Landscape” Acrylic and Canvas on Canvas, 60″ x 48″

 

Initially they were based on my abstract work with shape and color concepts. Through an evolution of style, the paintings became a depiction of abstract landscape, where the viewer feels a certain familiarity of place. Elements that feel like a place you have been to and remember.  My hope is that you are absorbed by the image and transported to a place. A place that you have never physically been to, yet you feel as though you recognize those mountains, hills, lakes, and rivers. As if you were standing in the desert or in the mountains, and you would be immersed in an atmosphere of air and light and it would evoke a sense of scent and sound.

 

"Stars and Landscape" Acrylic and Mixed Media, 16" x 15" by artist Scooter Morris. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Stars and Landscape” Acrylic and Mixed Media, 16″ x 15″

 

The sculpted images that pertain to the flag paintings will impart an emotional response depending on the person and how they relate to the work.

 

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