Artist – Myrna Morris
My philosophy as an artist is that “the art of painting is a journey of involvement through many ways and means in the quest of an expression of a unique identity.” Because of my interest in people and the human figure, I try to bring life and vitality to my creations. I have always been fascinated in how the body communicates messages and have often used dancers as my theme. Being sensitive to the Black experience, I try to unfold in my work a poignant story of the richness, sadness, warmth and struggle of our lives and hope to leave an indelible mark in the viewers mind and heart. It is especially pleasing when my work can evoke a smile.
I am a former resident of Teaneck, NJ and am now a full-time resident of Martha’s Vineyard, MA and spend the winter in Sarasota, FL. I hold a B.A. degree from Saint Peter’s College, Jersey City, NJ and a M.A. from William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ. I also studied at the Art Students League, New York, the Ridgewood School of Art and the Arts Center of Northern New Jersey.
Working in various media, including oil, acrylic charcoal and pastels has been very interesting and fun. Exhibitions of my work have been held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Bergen Museum of Art and Science, Harvard University, Wheaton College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Cousen Rose Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, libraries and businesses, i.e. Lever House, New York, and American Express, New York and Kornbluth Gallery, Paramus, NJ. My works are in numerous private collections throughout the country and overseas.