Artist Mary Morgan

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The Artist Says:

My expressionist art is about the joy of living through color and abstract form.

Other Artists Say:

"I don't paint to live, I live to paint" William de Kooning
"Every so often a painter has to destroy painting..."William de Kooning 
"...the modern artists have found new ways and new means of making their statements" Jackson Pollock
"My constant hope is that I will be inhibited less by lack of ability than by the authenticity of my purpose" Paul Klee
"Color is a means of exerting direct influence upon the soul" Wassily Kandinsky
"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for" Georgia O'Keeffe
"My paintings are titled after they are finished.  I paint from remembered landscapes that I carry with me - and remembered"...Joan Mitchell
"Abstract is not a style. I simply want to make a surface work" Joan Mitchell
"Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable" Helen Frankenthaler
"A really good picture looks as if it's happened at once. It's an immediate image." Helen Frankenthler


Mary Estep Morgan is a hard-working and ambitious woman. Simultaneously she raised a family of three children, taught school full time for thirty years and finished graduate school, at the age of 52 in 2002 from Texas Woman’s University. Mary taught all levels of art during her teaching tenure, including 14 years as an adjunct professor in the college of fine art at Dallas Baptist University. She is currently a working artist.
Her external childhood influences are associated with combined geographical locations where she lived as a child. They included Fort Worth, Texas where the family moved when she was almost four. Mary began observing the beautiful Texas sunsets which she remembers trying to paint from her front porch. At age ten she lived in Cali, Colombia where her father, William Roscoe Estep taught at the Baptist Seminary while on sabbatical. At age eighteen Mary and her family moved to Switzerland for another sabbatical where her father was engaged with his Reformation studies as he taught at the Baptist Seminary located in Ruschlikon. Mary, a senior in high school, attended the International School located in Kilchberg where she took her first art class under the teaching of Rhoda Isaac. While in Europe Mary’s exposure to European art was significant because it was a first step that increased her art education and teaching in her adult years. Mary said, “The impact of living in three very diverse locations contributed to her love for both nature and other cultures.” Her internal influences began in her home. Her father, an “Anabaptist scholar” taught at a local seminary and her mother, a teacher, however, followed her greater calling as a wife and mother were Mary’s first significant influences. Mary was a middle child and at the age of twelve a final sibling was born who had [...]

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