Playing with light, brushstrokes, and texture in the style of an impressionist, Jim Morgan constantly searches for different ways to express the beauty he sees in nature. He seeks to attain only a few relatively simple goals in his art. He wants to enjoy the process of painting, while generating emotional participation from those who view his work. And, he tries to bring an awareness to others of the often-overlooked and intimate aspects of nature.
“My goals are relatively simple: enjoy the process of seeing and painting, gain an emotional response from the people who view the paintings, and bring an awareness of the often- overlooked intimate aspects of nature. I seek to bring a balance between the subject and the environment.. this harmony is aided by the play of light,shadow, and subtle color changes. I am intrigued by the patterns and shapes found in nature,and concentrate on the effects of these elements, the array of colors, and nature's ever changing moods.”
Education: Utah State, BFA.
Memberships: National Academy of Western Art, Oklahoma City, OK; Northwest Rendezvous Group, Helena, MT; Society of Animal Artists, New York, NY.
Awards and Honors: Red Smith Artists' Choice Award, 1996, 2007, 2012, National Wildlife Art Museum, Jackson, WY; 2008 Master Wildlife Artist, Birds In Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI; Ben Stahl Artists' Choice Award, 1993, 1995, 2008, Northwest Rendezvous, Park City, UT; People's Choice Award, 2006, National Wildlife Art Museum, Jackson, WY; Robert M. Lougheed Memorial Award, 1994, National Academy of Western Art, Oklahoma City, OK; John Scott Peoples Choice Award, 1996, Northwest Rendezvous, Park City, UT; Jurors Award, 1993, Northwest Rendezvous, Park City, UT; Award of Merit, Society of Animal Artists, New York, NY.
Selected Publications: Painters of Utah's Canyons and Deserts, Donna L. Poulton, Gibbs Smith, 2009; Southwest Art Magazine, 32nd Anniversary Issue, May 2003; Modern Wildlife Painting, Nicholas Hammond, Pica Press, 1999, -- Sporting Classics, July/Aug 1999; Art of the West Magazine, Jan/Feb 1992 & July/Aug 1998; Leading the West: One Hundred Contemporary Painters and Sculptors, Donald J. Hagerty, Northland Publishing, 1997; Wildlife Art Magazine, Nov/Dec 1994; Southwest Art Magazine, Aug 1992.
Selected Exhibitions: National Academy of Western Art, Oklahoma City, OK; Prix de West, Oklahoma City, OK; Northwest Rendezvous, Helena, MT; Artists of America, Denver Rotary, Denver, CO; Birds in Art, 1982-83, 1986-2002: the Artists' View, 1990-1996 Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI; Society of Animal Artists Annual Exhibitions, NY; Western Visions, Wildlife of the American West Museum, Jackson, WY; Living Legends and Young Brushes, 1997-2000, Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada; Buffalo Bill Western Art Show, Cody, WY; American Art in Miniature, Tulsa, OK; The Landscape and Closer Views, C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, MT; Great American Artists, Cincinnati, OH; Masters of the American West, Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Las Angeles, CA; Wildlife for a New Century, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY; American Masters, New York, NY; Coors Western Art Show, Denver, CO; Maynard Dixon Country, Mt. Carmel, UT; Allure of Water - Oil Painters of America, Stockton, CA.
Collections: Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI; Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, WY.
Representation: Wood River Fine Arts, Ketchum, ID; Trailside Gallery, Jackson, WY, and Scottsdale, AZ;Simpson, Gallagher Gallery, Cody, WY; J.N. Bartfields, New York, NY; Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; Clagget/Ray Gallery, Vail, CO.