David Morrison

  • Visual Art
Morrison, David


“The Creative Renewal experience is a journey into the soul. It provided enlightenment both spiritually and artistically. My experiences created cultural stimulation that will directly influence my art in the coming years; leading to investigations of new visual dialogues with nature and spirituality.”






For David’s Creative Renewal, he traveled to The Banff Centre in Banff, Canada to reenergize his artistic passion during a one-month residency program where he spent uninterrupted studio time producing new work. David started his six thousand mile journey across North America and into southern Canada in a Subaru Outback. He stopped at five national parks including Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Badlands National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, and Banff National Park. Along the journey, he took time for observation, photography, and sketched new materials for future reference. David’s large studio at The Banff Centre overlooked the mountains and daily he could “study the movement of the clouds and watch mule deer come onto campus.” He found artistic nourishment from the communal environment at The Banff Centre in the form of conceptual theories, cultural viewpoints, and technical assistance. For David, the fellowship experience revitalized his creative energy and artistic spirit. The luxury of uninterrupted time, and travel and hikes in Banff National Park provided him with inspiration to create a new series on sticks and a future series on trees. “My intention is to show the beauty of a simple stick to redefine the realities of nature. The drawings are hyperrealistic, capturing every minute detail of the subject.”

“As a child, my dream was to be an artist. My third grade teacher asked us to write an essay on what we wanted to be. I wrote that I wanted to be an artist like Winslow Homer. His paintings were the first artwork I was exposed to and my dream was to create beautiful pictures like him. The other passion I have is teaching.” Not only did the fellowship spark creativity in his artistic spirit, it positively impacted his teaching. “The fellowship completely energized my soul, which energizes me as a teacher.”


Professor of Art, Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis 
Spring Microcosm, Solo Show, Garvey/Simon Art Access 
2001-2002, 2013-2014 Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Recipient, Arts Council of Indianapolis

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