Gregory Morris is a Frederick-based painter. Graduating from TJ in 2008, the young artist finds himself immersed in a community that is less than accepting of newer and fresher perspectives. In other words, artists and gallery owners in the Frederick community are aged, lacking in hue, and rigid. However, Morris still found his niche and is making his own way.
Gregory’s love of art became a career after watching a documentary about Da Vinci and realizing Da Vinci’s legacy still remains because he painted pictures. It was then that he sought out the answers.
What is gonna be my legacy, what am I going to leave behind? Who’s gonna remember me if I pass away tomorrow. So I said, I’m gonna try and start painting.
Morris had always been an artsy kid but he started painting professionally in 2012. He got his start and confidence at the ColorFest in Thurmont.
And I was scared sh*tless, nobody’s gonna buy my art. I’m gonna get up there and someone’s gonna say some mean sh*t to me. This is crazy. So I got up there and within 20 minutes I sold every painting I had.
I mean it helped that I priced them at $10. I had one that was really big and it was $50 bucks. I thought, ain’t nobody gonna buy this painting, this is insane. It was the last one I sold and I was like, ‘Holy sh*t maybe there is something to this painting thing.’ I thought I was big stuff man. I had like $120 from all these paintings, I thought I was rolling. I came home and I kept painting and I just moved on from there.
Without that, I would’ve never kept going. I would’ve gave up in a couple months.
Gregory Morris tells novice artists not to devalue what you have–or it will become the expectation. Learning his lesson, he now has the fearlessness, work ethic (and the price tag) to go with the gift. View or purchase more of his work here. And no, don’t ask for a discount.
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