Rita Morris, a native of North Louisiana and a long-time Texan, is a western artist who truly appreciates the brave pioneers who were instrumental in taming the early American frontier. Their way of life continues to inspire and drive her to capture on canvas the adventurous men and women and the sometimes threatening situations they encountered as they tried to survive in the beautiful, but often dangerous country they called home.
Rita's interest in the American West began at an early age as she listened to her Native American grandmother telling fascinating stories about her childhood. She was also inspired by watching her own mother working at an easel, bringing beautiful flowers to life on a once blank canvas. These two strong influences would later combine to give Rita the inspiration and desire to paint the subject matter that still draws her interest more than any other - life on the early American plains. Though western art has been Rita's career for many years, she continues to research and study to learn even more about these awe inspiring men and women who are her heroes.
Featuring both impressionistic and realistic touches, Rita’s art uses color and a sense of movement within rustic landscapes to portray the cowboys, Native Americans, pioneer women, mountain men, buffalo, longhorns, and horses, that convey the drama and romance of the early American West. “The people and events portrayed in western art are examples of the American 'Can-Do' attitude - and it’s a story that demands to be told and shown,” she says. "Whether my current painting is of cowboys and their trusty horses outrunning an approaching storm, or a herd of longhorns working their way down a steep hillside, or maybe a mighty warrior on his lightning fast pony, I am always aware that God -who created all these things -has given me the opportunity to do what I love and I am so thankful!"
Rita Morris has been a juried artist in the C. M. Russell Show and Exhibit in Great Falls, Montana, for four years; the National Greeley Art Exhibit in Greeley, Colorado; the juried American Plains Artist Shows in Lincoln, Nebraska, and San Angelo, Texas; and the Oklahoma Impressionism Exhibit in Tulsa. Shows in Texas include the juried Spirit of Texas Art Show; The Bosque Art Classic; Artist of the Month at the Museum of Western Art; The Western Associates Show and Sale; The Brazos River Invitational Western Art Show; and the juried American Plains Artists Signature Show at the Museum of Western Art.
Building on her 25 years as a western artist, Rita continues to create works that move and delight the viewer. Her work is proudly displayed in galleries, corporate surroundings, and private collections across the United States.