Morris was born January 22, 1959 in Dayton, Ohio. The artist began drawing at the age of five. He started by posing his brother for portraits on paper bags. Morris recalls the Art Instruction Schools TV series hosted[AJ1] by Norman Rockwell as an early influence. “He made people look real and that had quite an impact on me.” Morris prefers to draw and paint the human figure in all its complexities. He considers mastery of draftsmanship to be the greatest asset an artist can possess. The artist believes that drawing is the very foundation of painting. Many of the great masters of art throughout the centuries believed this also; Rembrandt, Ingres, John Singer Sargent, Degas, Charles Wilbert White, and John Biggers, to name just a few.
In 1996, Howard graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree in Visual Communications. Morris continued his studies in Atlanta under the tutelage of artist and illustrator Carl Owens until Mr. Owens’ untimely passing in 2002. Morris is a member of the International Guild of Realism, The Portrait Society of America, The Memphis/Germantown Art League, NIA Artists Collective-Memphis and Fine Art America. Howard was commission in 2019 for the “Legends of Funk” mural vignettes located on Stone Street in Dayton, Ohio.
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