Morgan Weistling

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Morgan Weistling

ARC Living Master TM

American

Born 1964

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Morgan studied art at an early age with his father, a former art student. His parents met in art school and started a family. The younger of three children, Morgan began imitating his father's drawings every night as he sat on his lap. That led to his studying the art books his father had aquired years earlier. Authors such a Andrew Loomis, Vanderpole, and Bridgeman. The most important books, though, were the volume set from the Famous Artist School.

At the age of 12, Weistling was determined to go through the entire course on his own since the school was no longer in existance. By the age of 15, his study of anatomy, drawing, and painting needed a mentor's direction.

That direction came through a retired illustrator named Fred Fixler. Fred's school, then called the Brandes Art Institute, was dedicated to one thing: learning how to draw from life. "The minute I saw his life drawings I knew this was the guy to study with, there was no doubt," says Morgan. Working part-time as a janitor for the school to pay his tuition, Weistling studied there for 3 years.

While still a student and working at an art store, one day a prominent illustrator came in for supplies. Weistling showed him his student work. The next day he found himself employed at one of the top movie poster agencies in Hollywood. "At that time, all I wanted to be was an illustrator," Weistling says, "but that was amazingly fast." For the next 14 years he illustrated for every movie studio in Hollywood as well as many other fields of illustration.

After being art-directed for years, Morgan needed to paint something for himself. He took time out to produce a painting of two children and brought it to Scottsdale Arizona on the advice of long time friend, Julio Pro . Julio, an artist and collector, suggested Morgan approach the top galleries and , if need be , work his way down.

The first gallery he walked into signed him on the spot, Trailside Galleries. Co-owner Maryvonne Leshe was quick to spot new talent. She was soon proven right. "He would send his paintings to us un-framed and before we could get them hung, they would be sold," quips Maryvonne. Soon a "draw" system for Weistling's paintings became necessary. His first one-man show had 26 paintings and all were sold opening night. The following year, at his second one-man show they sold out on opening night, as well.

Weistling participates in both the Prix de West Invitational and Masters of the American West Exhibits. He won the Patron's Choice Award in the Masters show in 2000. Recently in 2001, he won the Prix de West Award as well as the Nona Jean Hulsey Buyer's Choice Award for his painting, The Dance.

Morgan and his wife, JoAnn, have been married 11 years and also met in art school. JoAnn still paints and will soon unveil her talents to the world. Their 6 year old daughter, Brittany, is often a model in Weistling' paintings.

(This biography was quoted with the permission of Morgan Weistling.)