[As an artist, Louise M. Morris came late to painting, but has made up for lost time.]
“She is a strong person and raised us to be independent,” Linda Morris said.
Displaying the same skill with her hands she demonstrated in the factories, and foreshadowing her career as an artist, Louise Morris bought a sewing machine and made her daughters’ clothing.
Morris led a highly individualistic life.
“I had a husband who had a wife who was unconventional,” Morris said. “I wasn’t into a lot of things that other women were into.”
Then, at the age of 50, Morris made the decision to pursue a new passion.
She began taking art classes, immersed herself in the work and even ended up working at one point with a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Morris demonstrated considerable focus, producing paintings at a rapid pace.
“I surrounded myself with the idea of getting the painting done,” she said. “My style is to paint as realistic as I can perceive it,” Morris said.
Morris approaches her art in a skillful, worker-like manner, explaining, “Art is like welding. It is learning to see. It is learning to do the job.”
If you go
WHAT: Retrospective art show and sale
WHERE: Franciscan Village, 1270 Village Drive, Lemont
WHEN: 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 21
COST: Free admission