The Surf Channel caught up with incredibly talented Richard Quinn Morrison of Enviro Surf Art Series and asked him a handful of questions about what it’s like painting surfers and waves professionally!
When did you start painting?
I’ve been making art since elementary school and got really serious in art school , Otis Parsons in LA.
What made you want/decide to paint surfing?
Surfing was my thing then so I just started making images and I made a surf slang book or dictionary out of high school with my friend matt olshever and around 10 or so surf buddies. the title is called beach speech which I illustrated and help wright.
What did you hope to accomplish through your paintings?
I wanted to be a artist and I applied to a advertisement for a artist, and it was for ocean pacific/ Op, I had some surf art in my portfolio and they hired me. My first day I barfed all over my self and all over my car coming to work in heavy traffic due to coffee and vitamins!
Were there any specific paintings/ waves you found to be more challenging than others?
Not really most are super challenging on their own! once I get a random thought I make it happen these are simulated water shots that are a bit surrealistic not just your same old local wave at your spot. The Beer Can Surfboard that I made was a bit challenging though.
How has painting professional surfers impacted you personally and your involvement within the industry?
I’ve been working with all kinds of top surfers as subjects in my art through out, from Tom Curren to Garry Elkerton, Kelly Slater, Grant Twiggy baker, Mr. Lopez, And others.
What is your plan for the future with your paintings?
My plans are to just have a large art show and a party showcasing my thoughts on the Enviro Surf Art Series, plenty of beer and wine and conversation will flow!
Then my Abstractions by Morrison are next on the art program!
Richard Quinn Morrison – Enviro Surf Art Series www.envirosurfartseries.com