Morgan has expanded her art horizons to compete at the regional and national level. Recent honors include a work accepted into the 2017 International Association of Pastel Societies convention exhibit, New Mexico; a 2016 painting accepted into the American Woman Artists national online exhibit, and achieving Pastel Society of the West Coast professional Signature status. She also has won the H.K. Holbein Award in the nationwide Pastels USA Exhibit, San Francisco; Best Plein Air work in the regional Pastel Society of the West Coast All-Membership Exhibit, Sacramento.
She seeks out the rough ground past the pavement in a city park, or down a wilderness trail. She’s at home up a mountain, on the sea, or in the desert. “I choose natural subjects that delight, sooth, or awe me and put the workaday humdrum into perspective.”
Morgan begins her works on site. Some evolve into larger studio paintings. Strongly influenced by the early and modern California Impressionists, Morgan especially strives for quality and mood of light. Residing in Santa Barbara, CA, she holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of New Mexico, and has studied pastel and oil painting with nationally known artists such as Richard McKinley and David Gallup. Gallery Los Olivos, in the wine-tasting mecca of Los Olivos, carries her works.
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