Kathy Morris

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Kathy Morris

United States

Kathy Morris b.1954   


Near the beginning of her painting career Kathy Morris demonstrated a maturity of feeling, depth of perception and mastery of technique in her art, which was immediately recognized by numerous seasoned artists as being exceptional.


Currently she has come to be known for her realism as objective, true to nature and emotionally controlled. One can observe in both her current and early work an enormous passion for how light or lack thereof, reveals the innermost worlds of her exquisite compositions and portraits.


This acute sensitivity to “the visual” speaks of her extraordinary ability to observe and document the inherent complexities of the enormous detail therein. It was all fueled by a very unexpected life event when she was a very young child.


Born and raised in Lubbock, Texas, Kathy Morris attributes the loss of the majority of her hearing as a toddler as being the most influential factor in her art. This consequence of high fevers forced her to become dependent on the visible world around her and be acutely observant and focused in order to hear and communicate.


Losing her hearing, Morris believes, was the genesis of her fascination with the human face and form and her obsession to "capture" it. Consequently, her work is centered upon portraiture and portraying the human figure. While conveying strength and emotion, Morris’ sensitive drawings and paintings are visual journals and expressions of gratitude inspired by real life experiences and interactions with those she loves.


Morris painted commissioned portraits solely in watercolor for many years. Because of her passion of pursuing excellence and continually growing as an artist Morris attended workshops taught by masters of realism including  David Kassan, Sean Cheetham, Julio Reyes and Candice Bohannon among others.


Morris’ work is the recipient of numerous international & national awards including:


  • Select 50, At the 2020 PSOA International Competition
  • Honorable Mention: The Artists Magazine 2020 Annual International Competition – Portraits
  • Finalist in Figurative and Portrait Categories: 14th International ARC Salon 2019-2020
  • Honorable Mention:  The Artists Magazine  2019 Annual International Competition- Portraits
  • Finalist: International Artist Magazine  2019 Art Prize Challenge No. 114 People and Figures 
  • Certificate of Excellence:  2018  PSOA International Competition 
  • Best People Award : NOAPS 2018  International Online Competition 
  • Best in Show: SAAG 2018 National Juried Show          


The  following Publications have published Morris’ work:

  • Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine
  • The Artists Magazine
  • Western Art and Architecture Magazine  
  • International Artist Magazine. 


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