Morrell, who was born on
An impressionistic painter and award-winning artist, thousands of his paintings are in public and private collections around the world. Morrell ran a
"Wayne was an iconic figure around town," Linsky said. "He was a loved and well-known artist on
In 1967, his painting of an angler fishing in lily pond was on the cover of Reader's Digest.
Morrell's paintings boast layers of thick paint, and in some places, the paint noticeably protrudes from the canvas.
His artistic legacy began with drawing. He would sketch on any paper within arm's reach, whether on an envelope or napkin. Any visitor who would sit for a few minutes would leave his colorful gallery with a small sketch.
"Sketches are my spark of creativity," he said a few years back during an interview at his gallery.
Morrell worked in the field of commercial art in aero and space industrial design before he devoted his life to painting full-time, and opened an art gallery. He became a member of the
Morrell once said: "The key to art is the botany of plants, the physics of light and the geometry of nature."
Linsky noted that many in
"This exhibition is filled with paintings that reflect his vibrant personality," she said.
Others remember Morrell for his generosity -- he often gave prints of his colorful work to neighbors, acquaintances and even the local post office. He would send correspondence about his varied interests to his friends, and often enclosing copies of his smaller prints.
If you go
Who and what: Wayne Morrell Retrospective exhibition.
When: A free public opening reception takes place
How much: Free. For more information, visit www.rockportartassn.org.
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