Meet watercolourist Beverly Morgan
Artist Beverly Morgan
By LESLIE A. PANFIL
Bev Morgan is primarily a watercolourist who currently resides in Etobicoke (a municipality located within the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.) She has been involved with art, one way or another, her entire life. Since retiring from teaching, many of those years spent teaching art, she now devotes herself full time to her own painting.
She is a member of the Franklin Carmichael Art Group, Neilson Park Creative Centre, The Humber Valley Art Group, the Mississauga Art Group, the Central Ontario Art Association and the Toronto Watercolour Society. She has attended classes and workshops with many well known Canadian artists, and is always interested in learning new techniques.
Her paintings have been accepted into many juried shows, winning numerous awards. Her work is displayed in private collections in Canada, England, Wales and the United States.
The subjects of her paintings are varied and are drawn from her travels and personal experiences. While she describes her style as impressionistic, she readily admits she is constantly evolving. One of her favourite techniques is the use of negative painting, which is quite prevalent in her watercolour florals.
“My favourite subject matter is flowers, followed by rural landscape and then quaint buildings found in towns and villages as well in the rural settings,” said Morgan. “I find that I am inspired by so much that I have difficulty deciding what to paint first. I try to paint my impressions of a subject rather than aiming for photographic type accuracy.”
Believing the biggest misconception about watercolour is that it is an easy medium to work in, Morgan said, “People do not realize the skill and knowledge of the medium needed to produce professional looking works. Many artists who have tried watercolour switch to acrylic or oils because the watercolour was too difficult to control and correct. Also watercolour does not have to be wishy washy as some people believe. You can achieve bold, juicy colour in this medium and still maintain its marvellous transparency and light.”
Perusing through a stack of reference materials she has amassed over the years helps Morgan when she hits a creative road block. “Something always sparks my imagination and gets my creative juices flowing again.”
Like many artists, Morgan can find it challenging to find enough time to paint. “I try very hard to deliberately set time aside and stick to it. Once started, I can work for hours ignoring all around me, so I have to make sure there are no really pressing jobs to be done or people to see during that work time or I start to resent them, which is not good,” admits Morgan.
Admitting marketing is not her forte Morgan said, “We artists are not well known for our marketing skills. Many of us find it very difficult to toot our own horn. I can very easily promote another artist’s work if I believe in it, but have great difficulty with my own.” She also recommends working with a gallery and entering art shows as a viable entry to the art buying public. “I still say you must paint what you enjoy and love rather than what you think will sell, or it will show in your work.”
Morgan considers getting a late start in devoting herself to own work as one of her worst career mistakes. She said, “If I could do it over, I would have involved myself with painting as soon as I could pick up a brush. Instead I taught art and involved others in art rather than doing it myself until much later in life.”
Her work ranges in price from $275 to $450 for originals which can be purchased from Bev directly or through shows and exhibits. Prints and cards featuring her work are available through the site: http://www.redbubble.com/people/bevmorgan
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