Why did you choose to be an artist/designer?
I chose to become an artist following my retirement in March 2018 from the NHS , where I had worked as a consultant forensic psychiatrist and Associate Medical Director in NHS Forth Valley . It was a return to my school day passion . I had rejected Glasgow school of art to study medicine.
What medium do you work in?
I work in watercolour and felt.
What's your background, have you always been an artist/designer?
Following achieving grade A at higher art I had a 38 year hiatus before picking up my paintbrushes again when I retired . I am essentially self taught . Embellished wet felting is a newly acquired skill.
How has your practice changed over time?
Over time I have begun to establish my preferred repertoire of subject matter , detailed watercolour paintings featuring light , shadow and reflections , with a particular interest in trees
What Does Your Art Mean to You? What Does Your Artwork Represent?
My art is a way to express my creativity but initially it was much more . I retired from the NHS on my 55 th birthday and sadly my husband died of a brain tumour the same day . My future was not going to be what I had planned and I had a huge hole to fill . A return to art allowed me to express myself and to fill my time constructively with a hobby which gave me a sense of achievement and pleasure.
How and when did you started creating….?
I started creating again in March 2018
How would you describe your creations?
I produce detailed watercolour paintings , mostly featuring Scottish scenes, which often include trees , water , light , shadow and reflections. My wet felted pictures include fun felted sheep or underwater scenes , embellished with beads and embroidery. Recently I have also started to produce merchandise featuring my artwork ( greetings cards, ceramic coasters,mugs and candle tins )
What inspires you?
I am inspired by anything which makes me feel good . Having lost my husband before we could enjoy our early retirement together I am thankful that we had lived life to the full and travelled the world . I have no regrets . You don’t know what the future has in store so I believe in seeking out positive experiences ... creating and selling art makes me feel good.
Where do you show / sell your art?
I show and sell my art on my website www.rhonamorrison.com and in several galleries, shops and cafes including SDX, Allium, Greengate gallery and The Port Gallery .
Do you think art can have an impact in the local community?
I believe art can have an impact on local communities , especially if artists actively participate in working with different demographic groups and produce artwork which engages people with their local environment and facilities
Who are your biggest influences?
As I am self taught I do not feel that I have had a particular artistic influence . Self experimentation has been my main developmental journey.
Which current art do you think is having an impact in the
world right now?
I think graphic art used in advertising is particularly influential
in shifting trends and raising awareness in young people .
What difference has working with SDX made to your business?
Working with SDX has encouraged me to consider widening my horizons by merchandising. It has also encouraged me to meet with other artists