Featured Artist – Danis Morgan

Artist: Danis Morgan

Oils & Japanese pigment painting

Danis Morgan
Danis Morgan
Danis Morgan
Danis Morgan
Danis Morgan

Q & A

Q: Tell us a little about your art.

A: My paintings have evolved into abstractions of landscapes, expressing the hidden language of nature…Flora, trees, water, air and earth. The feeling we get from smelling the fragrance of a flower or pine tree — or simply just being in the presence of any of these elements — is what keeps us connected and reminds us of something bigger than ourselves.

Q: Why did you start doing what you do?

A:  It is a way to express myself and give to others. To send beauty into the world is important to me and this is one of the ways I can share that.

Q: What makes you different from others in your field.

A:  My paintings are unique because I am gathering mineral pigments from mother earth and places I love, like France and Japan, as well as making my own paint with walnut oil. I am weaving into my work connections from my own life, my children, the garden, food and awe, wonder and mystery from the natural world.

Q:  What are your biggest influences?

A:  I admire art, artists, design, architecture, botanical dyeing, gardens, slow food and wine, anything artisanal, handmade and authentic.

Q:  What has changed since you’ve first started?

A:  For many years I drew very detailed drawings of plants and trees in my encaustic paintings which were more monochromatic and textural, light filled…now I am more fluid and painting abstractly with more color.

Q: Tell us something most people don’t know about your process.

A:  It is very experimental and intuitive. I work with walnut oil and Nihonga. This technique is labor intensive and very process oriented. Here I make my own paints with mineral pigments which are heated to bring out the luminosity of the minerals. The white is a crushed shell and has to be pounded by hand 100 times, creating a zen experience.

Q: Does your work comment on current social or political issues?

A:  Indirectly by using all natural materials and organic pigments, mediums…I am saying we are connected to Mother Earth, what we get in return from (her) nature is vital and immeasurable.

Q: Where would you like to go next?

A:  I have a commission in France and would like to use the opportunity to do something other than a stretched canvas, larger scale pieces maybe of rolls of linen, 10’- 20’ long.