Brackenwood Gallery

A gallery on Whidbey Island, WA representing the very best in fine arts and crafts from the pacific northwest.

Bruce Morrow talks about his ART


The prairie or desert theme that reveals it’s self in a lot of my paintings are a product of a wish to see the horizon -rather than the treed landscape of my home in the northwest. I started painting desert -scapes when I was living in Velarde, NM, a small town about halfway between Santa Fe and Taos, which- in terms of imagery- has stuck with me through the years. Color is very important to me in my paintings as an expression of that out of doors American look.

When I attended art school in the late 1960s, it was all about the figure - there was figure drawing in almost every classroom. Despite that fact, the emphasis on the students was to develop a new and contemporary look with a concept. My approach to this challenge was to employ humor.




I’ve always been drawn toward the story (or a narrative) in my pieces, and that’s where the figure comes in; I’ve tried painting just landscapes, but it’s a challenge to make them work on their own. When I add a figure, the piece seems to make more sense and it sort of comes alive. Then, I can capture a moment or a situation that I think lots of people can relate to, as in a-“I know what he’s thinking” or “I know that feeling” kind of moment. My dancers came out of a desire to romanticize the narrative, dogs add to the familiar in the narrative. I seem to need all the company I can get.




My western themes represent a certain sense of Americanism -and the nostalgia of the frontier; the figures in these scenes are the western “Everyman” -all his hopes and investment, up to the whims of wind and time.







I hope you can join me in a narrative that is reflective but forward looking and also wryly humorous.


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