Two of these pieces are mixed media paintings, one a photograph. All are inspired by birds I’ve met recently while continuing to explore nearby Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve here in San Diego, California. Prints can be purchased by clicking on the individual images.
Until recently, my experiences at this California state park had been limited to snorkeling. Winter is a great time to explore the tide pools a bit while the water is too chilly for many of us who don’t own wetsuits to swim in comfortably. I hope you’ll enjoy this brief photo essay about this beautiful park; I’ve only scratched the surface of what it has to offer visitors and will surely return to it.
Having lived most of my life so far in the Midwest before moving to San Diego, fireflies are something I look forward to seeing every summer on my visits back. I still typically make at least one firefly-inspired piece each year. Hotaru-gari VII is my most recent in this series. I framed it and a handful of other pieces for inclusion in the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con Art Show at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel. This sale and auction will run July 18th through the close of the convention that Sunday the 22nd. You don't need to have a badge to stop in to enjoy the art show and bid on a piece if you're taken with it.
What San Diego lacks in the way of fireflies it makes up for in another form of bioluminescence. Our periodic algal blooms, known as red tides, can make the waves glow blue. I got to see this spectacular natural phenomenon for the first time this year and made two mixed media paintings inspired by it.
Finally, it's an honor to have Coastal Walk VII, a piece inspired by my beloved Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, included in Reed Magazine's California Edition. Issue 151 is dedicated to fine art and literature inspired by the Golden State and may be purchased directly through their website.
StreetMorrisArt.com came to be shortly after I graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with a BFA in painting and photography. I made and long maintained my website with the dinosaur that is Netscape Composer and it became a sprawling creation that I finally had to accept was nearly inaccessible to mobile users, so I stepped up to making some big changes this spring. The latest of them is the addition of this blog that will include images with a bit of background and news about my work. When I'm not in my San Diego-based studio, I'm often out hiking in our regional, state and national parks with my camera or tending my informal, wildlife-friendly garden. I look forward to sharing my love of nature with you.