News! On March 15, 2014 (what would have been Dr. Morgan’s 94th birthday) Mountain Education Foundation held a sale of Dr. Morgan’s paintings which netted over $12,000 to benefit Signal Mountain Schools arts education! Afterwards, a beautiful new arts classroom was dedicated to Dr. Morgan. From now on, 100% of proceeds from this website will benefit the Mountain Education Foundation which funds arts education in the Signal Mountain Schools.
Welcome to Dr. Rufus Morgan’s new website, showcasing his unique landscape paintings! We hope you enjoy looking at them as much as Dr. Morgan enjoyed painting them. Each one was painted from the heart. Dr. Morgan spent his working life in the incredibly beautiful Sequatchie Valley, driving over his beloved mountain roads, going on house calls, hunting, fishing, and searching for ancient Native American artifacts in the plowed fields of the valley. No one could have loved this area more than he did, and this love of a particular place pervades his work.
Dr. Morgan taught himself to paint in his spare time, after a few lessons from a lady in Florence, Italy during WWII. After his retirement in the 90’s, he spent almost all his time in his studio at home, painting one canvas after another, or driving through the countryside taking photos. His style evolved over many years, from simple beginnings to more realistic renderings, then through various stages of more colorful expressionistic style. He worked on many paintings at once, glazing color over paintings he had started before, and often combined elements from several photos to create unique landscapes that had more to do with memories of the valley than any particular image. The result has been an incredible legacy reflecting his deep love of nature, the mountains, and his friends who shared his life there.