Painter Steven Morris shares his stunning nature portfolio. Visit his website to see more from this masterful artist.
I started painting in 2009 after retiring from a career in graphic design and marketing. I have always enjoyed walking in the woods and fields so when it came time to pick a subject to paint the one clear choice was nature.
I was at first drawn to the beauty and variety of the flora and fauna, but in time I began looking more closely at the objects that are often overlooked. In my view the fallen leaves, seed pods, the dried remains of flowers, bird and insect nests are magnificent.
What are your goals?
There is an impermanence and imperfection in nature that I attempt to capture in my paintings. One week a nest is full of tiny, baby birds and the next the birds have flown away and the nest is abandoned.
God has provided an amazing array of marvels in this world and I hope my paintings capture and do justice to these fleeting works of art.
What are you currently working on?
I am working on a watercolor series of bird nests I collected or have been given to me. The soft and unique qualities of watercolors are perfect to capture the feel and detail I am attempting to convey. Nests are intriguing in that they are engineering marvels created out of what is at hand, twigs, leaves, paper and plastic scraps, fur, feathers and mud.
I’m often asked if I change or modify the nest to fit my needs and the answer is no. I cannot improve on nature. How difficult it must be to build a home using a beak and two small feet.
What inspires you?
Music, design, family and friends and that little bird that will return next year and build another engineering masterpiece.
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