EDWARD A. MORRIS
Mr. Morris says he's the world's worst when
it comes to writing about himself. I shouldn't start out here
by contradicting him, but after having spent nearly a year
fishing for information from 26 other artists, I have to say
that he's not the worst. He gets about a 95 out of a possible
100, that's all. Luckily, I have my spies; and I also found
Morris, Edward A., in The Library of Congress. Here's what
I've learned about him:
He was born in Philadelphia on July 28, 1917.
I know that he spent eight years in the Marine Corps, without
being sure of just which years they were. I suspect that he
went to Parris Island for boot camp about two years after
he got out of high school, which would bring the date of his
discharge to 1945. (Very few Marines were let out before that
After the war, with the aid of the G. I. Bill,
he studied at the Philadelphia College of Art where two of
his instructors were Henry C. Pitz and W. Emerton Heitland.
Mr. Morris is a painter as well as an illustrator,
and has work in many private collections. He has always had
a keen appreciation for the outdoors, a trait that is prerequisite
to all good wildlife artists. There is wide coverage of his
work in Gopher Historian, Naturalist, Linn's Weekly Stamp
News, and other magazines. He is also a contributor to The
Northwestern Banks Hunting Guide, 1962.
He has a wife, Helen; a son, Edward, and a
daughter, Mary Ellen
Mr. Morris is the only duck stamp artist so
far to have won the competition two years in a row. Some of
us would be shouting from the rooftops over that, but Mr.
Morris keeps his equanimity and is as composed, poised, and
silent as before.
Mr. Morris' work has been in annual exhibitions
of the American Watercolor Society, and can be seen in numerous
eastern galleries and museums. He is a member of Ducks Unlimited,
Inc.; the Association of Professional Artists; and a Minneapolis
sportsmen's club, Fur, Fin and Feathers. He is at present
free-lancing in advertising art in Minneapolis, with a studio
at the American Wildlife Art Galleries.
The only other bit of information I can offer
is that his stationery (I mention it only because it's so
rarely seen) is most attractive, with one "pouf"
from an airbrush in a pleasant pale brown centered at the
top, overlaid with the Morris initial signature in black.