Art Studio

Meet Shawna Morris

The blank white canvas looms before me.

I approach it in a state of serenity, humility, and openness. I take a breath and as I exhale, I state my prayer and intention for remaining open to my creative Source.

I gravitate toward a color and feel an impulse to arc my arm across the canvas, weaving and circling with the sponge or dipped fingers. I am now in a dance. Responding and interacting to what I see before me, and at the same time to what I feel within.

The head and the heart learning to co-exist; taking turns leading and following. Each trusting and acquiescing to the other's impulses and suggestions in a seamless and balanced choreography.

The impulses subside, and I can feel that it is time to wait. I move away from the canvas and toward my life as a mother, attempting to bring that grace and flow with me as I go. I move in and out of the canvas' field for days and weeks, continuing and building upon this beautiful dance.

Eventually, an image reveals itself to me. This happens while I'm painting, but also while I'm doing other things, such as driving, cooking, or sleeping. This is the pivotal moment that defines "trusting the process" and letting go. I follow the lines and draw out the image that wants to show itself. I do this even if I don't particularly "want" to paint that content. I am committed to this process and to letting go of my judgments and attachments.

As I continue to interact with what is emerging, I use my sense of design, color, and composition to co-create with my inner voice.

At some point, and often quite abruptly, we are done. The painting has been brought to fruition, and I know this because it has a distinct feeling that I experience in my solar plexus. I have no other way to describe this. I just know that the painting is done; I am complete.

I am an intuitive painter.

♥ Shawna

Upcoming Exhibits

See the work of Shawna Morris in person

Jansen Art Center

December 2017 thru February 2018 - Lynden WA


Opening Reception on: December 7th, 6pm - 8pm

Gallery Hours: Tue & Wed 11am - 7pm, Thu 11am - 9pm, Fri & Sat 11am - 5pm

The jury features a wide range of work that showcases the talents of 39 artists from Washington and beyond.

I hope to see you there!

Jansen Art Center Winter Show
Galery Pegasus Show

Gallery Pegasus

November, December 2017 - Bellingham WA

ESSENCE: ABSTRACT INTERPRETATIONS - November 3rd - December 31st, 2017

Opening Reception on: November 3rd, 6pm - 10 pm
301 W Holly Street, Bellingham WA

I hope to see you there!