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Teacher turned artist prepares for exhibition
A SALISBURY teacher turned professional artist is building up his portfolio in preparation for an exhibition at a city gallery.
Philip Morris, who spent seven years at Downton Secondary School as an RE teacher and eight years at Exeter House School, will be exhibiting a range of watercolours, charcoal and oil paintings at The Yard in January.
His subjects are diverse with a Big Issue seller, Stonehenge, a fashion show and Grade II listed buildings featuring among his portfolio pieces, and his style continually evolving as he seeks to master each medium.
Originally from Liverpool and now living in Redlynch, Morris says he strives to capture the essence of people’s lives.
“I know that everything I do has something to do with people,” he said. I have painted Stonehenge a lot and every time I paint it, it moves on. It is a monument that is important to me because there is so much humanity in those rocks.
For me it is enough that whoever placed the stones there wanted to let others know they existed. There’s something in people, no matter where or when they live, that wants to leave a memory.”
Morris’s background is in theology and he says he regards his art as a way of communicating with the world.
“I hope people will go away feeling better for seeing my work,” he said. “I look forward to one day making their world a little better.”
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