Whether it be a Sunset, a mischievous twinkle in a child’s eye, or the awareness of an animal.”
BEST OF AMERICA OIL ARTISTS VOLUME III
Award winning Artist, IRIS, (Dodge) Morgan, was born and raised in rural Montana. She lived in Alaska for 18 years, and now lives in Nevada City, Montana.
Her specialties are Portraits, Western and Wildlife. She has studied at the Scottsdale Artist School in Scottsdale, Arizona, with Jim Daly, Don Puttman, and Jim Wilcox. She has also studied with Del Gish, Jack Hines, Jessica Zemksey, Joe Bohler, Carl Brenders and Hal Reed, to name just a few. She took many classes at the Walla Walla Community College.
Iris has won many awards, including the “GRUMBACHER AWARD”, and was in the Prestigious “STROKES OF GENIUS SHOW”, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her Oils and Pastels can be seen in private collections throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and abroad.
Her work can be seen in the Art of the West and Wildlife Art Magazines. She is a juried member of Oil Painters of America. She is in both Coffee Table editions of Artist of the West. 2005 & 2008
She was recently selected BEST OF AMERICA OIL ARTIST, 2011. Sponsored by Dick Blick Art Supplies, Jerry’s Artarama & In 2 Art.com. They went to 40,000 Web sites, to Galleries, Art shows and Fairs and picked 75, she was honored to be one of them.
Sept. 2013 Iris’s book of 52 Notable Montana Cowboys, their portraits and poetry was released. The name of it is “Plaids, Stripes and Denims.” A huge success along with Prints and Cards with their poetry on the back of each one. For more info go to the Books and Cards.
It is my goal, as an artist, to capture the emotion I feel at that moment, on canvas. Whether it be a Sunset, a mischievous twinkle in a child’s eye, or the awareness of an animal.
I like to paint loose with the illusion of detail. I photograph wildlife and usually incorporate 3 or 4 photos in one painting. I do the same with a child. I like to use my pastels for color sketches.
This way the true color of ones complexion can be captured exactly when I get back to my studio. With some of my commission work, this is not possible, and I have to rely on photos alone.
I only use the best quality of Oil Paints and thinners. I use a hard panel that is hand prepared by myself and my husband. All materials are acid-free.
I love to fish, hunt, boat, ski, and pan for gold. I love the outdoors. My husband and I have this in common. I adore my 2 children, my grandchildren and my great grand children. My marriage of 16 years, increased my children by 5 and my grandchildren by 24. HOW MUCH CAN ONE BE BLESSED?
I love Music, mostly gospel and western. Instrumental is my favorite. I enjoy playing the piano, and I lean towards Ragtime. My favorite foods are anything homemade. I eat healthy foods, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
My favorite scripture is Proverbs 11:2
‘When pride comes, then comes dishonor, but with the humble is wisdom.’