Morgan Weistling began his artistic training on his father’s lap at 19 months of age, where he learned how to draw and more importantly, use his imagination. Capitalizing on his father’s talent for telling a story in comic strip form, Morgan began to develop a sense of narrative in his drawing. “It was here that art became a language for me.” At the age of 12, Morgan applied his interest in art to studying his father’s art books and began his art school studies at the Brandes Art Institute at 15. Working in a Los Angeles art supply store while attending art school, Morgan chanced to show his artwork to a prominent illustrator. As a result of their encounter, at the age of 19, Weistling found himself employed at a top movie poster agency in Hollywood.
For the next 14 years, Morgan illustrated for every movie studio in Hollywood. His clients included Universal/Amblin Entertainment, Disney, MGM, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Columbia Pictures and TriStar. In addition to movie posters, Weistling created all the cover artwork for the video series, McGee and Me for Focus on the Family and his art can be seen on numerous magazine, book, CD and video covers as well as Sega pinball machines.
Since he has made fine art the focus of his art career, the collector demand for his originals has been overwhelming. With his masterful use of oils, Morgan Weistling brings a scene to life with spectacular lighting, creating a sense of wonder and engaging the viewer’s imagination and emotion. His dreamlike images touch the viewer’s heart, using more than sentimentality to engage the viewer. His canvases are filled with brushwork that tells a story beyond the subject matter. Like a skilled movie director, he manipulates the focus of interest with suggestions and impressions of forms that are barely realized and allow the viewer’s imagination to fill in the details.
“There is a story underneath the story of my paintings,” Morgan adds, “I don’t hide the process of how I painted it. You can see the layers and count the strokes it took to get there. With some styles of painting, the closer you get to the canvas, the more you will see. With mine, the more you step back, the more detail you will see. That’s not easy, which is why it fascinates me.”
Morgan Weistling follows in the footsteps of the masters he admires, John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn and Nicolai Fechin as well as many others. In all of his vibrant work, from western art to feminine forms, Weistling crafts a narrative, driven by clarity, focus and purpose, drawing on images inspired by his beliefs and scenes from daily life.
“My hope is that people will enjoy viewing my artwork as much I enjoyed painting it. For me, art is my language used to communicate to others how I see God’s creation. When I experience another artist’s work, I love to see through their eyes and find out as much about the artist as the subject they painted. That is what makes art so interesting.”
Weistling, a highly sought-after teacher, conducts private workshops with juried students and teaches at the prestigious Scottsdale Artist School. Weistling's book, The Image of Christ, was a finalist for the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Gold Medallion Book Award. Weistling met his wife, JoAnn, in art school. Their daughters often a model for his paintings. They make their home in California.
I learned a lot about spinning wheels while painting this piece and how different threads and yarns were spun from fleece a century ago by pioneer women. It is a very quiet, serene and meditative art form that I witnessed as my model worked in my studio for hours as I painted. This is also the perfect backdrop for a two year old to wreak havoc and I am experiencing this part first hand in my studio every day with our child. One can imagine this mother’s reaction when she soon turns to see why her girl is being so quiet!
Unlike Lewis Carroll’s famous literary character, Morgan Weistling’s Alice has managed to catch her white rabbit without having to dive down his hole after him. A featured work at the 2011 Jackson Hole Art Auction, Alice sold for over $86,000, far exceeding the auction’s estimated sale price. Alice showcases the blend of vibrant approach and outstanding execution that has made Morgan one of the country’s most important contemporary painters.
With his masterful use of oils, Morgan Weistling brings this simple scene to life. Spectacular lighting combined with gentle brushworks and impressions create this dreamlike image. A period piece with a modern-day flair, Alice is as timeless a work as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, first published in 1865. “I tried to capture the fun and imaginative world of children and their pets,” says Weistling. “This young girl and her furry friend were easy inspiration to spur this painting on.”
Alice exceeded the auction’s estimate because it so perfectly represents the bridge between the contemporary look and classic painting style that Weistling is renowned for. Our Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Edition delivers all the subtle nuances and color harmonies Morgan wove into his original work. Now you, along with the unsuccessful bidders at the Jackson Hole Auction, have the opportunity to own Alice. The even better news is that our price is set and you don’t have to worry about it rising. That is at least until this edition of 75 Sells Out!
Artist Morgan Weistling’s portraits of young children are among his most popular paintings with collectors. This delicate image of a girl amid a bounty of fall apples, laced with ruby, gold and grey tones, speaks volumes on the inner life of children. The darling kitchen helper, in her bonnet and smock, exudes the wonder of childhood innocence and grace. Just as we all recognize youth’s fleeting nature, all the more fleeting are the moments such as this.
From the kitchen, a sweet, beautifully-full aroma permeates your sense of smell, tantalizes your palate and piques your interest. You can taste the gooey cinnamon filling, the warm apples and buttery crust through the wonderful scent alone. Few things speak of home and family as this scrumptious dessert.
Morgan Weistling’s "Apple Pie" portrays a truth and beauty of America’s pioneering spirit that is often overlooked – the hard work and sacrifice was about carving out a place for your family to live and thrive. This Fine Art Edition Canvas captures the mood and serene atmosphere any baking-addict will tell you is at the heart of any kitchen – a person cooking is a person giving, and preparing even the simplest of recipes is a gift.
“You’re comparing apples to oranges!” or so the argument will often go. Does the same apply to the company of young girls and boys? Two-time Prix De West winner and five-time David P. Usher Patron’s Choice award winner Morgan Weistling certainly gives us a stunning piece of art to ponder the question over. Available as a MasterWork and Fine Art Edition Giclee Canvas.
“There are two different stories to tell about Bowl of Oats,” begins Morgan. “The first is that even though I may not paint as many paintings of boys as I do girls, most of my paintings of children come about in the same fashion. In this case, I put a cup of milk and a bowl of oatmeal out in front of a little boy who is about a year and half old. As a parent myself, I have a pretty good idea of what is going to happen. How that comes about is entirely up to the child. For me, what they do is simply a matter of nature.”
“Second, one of the things that I have become highly aware of as an artist is how completely natural these children are about their hands and what great poses you end up with as a result. Adults can be downright weird about them. If I asked you to pose for me right now, where your hands ended up and how you positioned them would be a very self-conscious and unnatural process. Kid’s hands end up exactly where they should be, even when they are not covered in oatmeal.”