Altamonte Springs, Florida
In 1956, Morgan’s family moved to New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Morgan instantly became enthralled with the roar of the ocean. As the early morning scent of the orange blossoms filled the winter air, a fascination with the south blossomed in Morgan, as well. When Morgan was 15, Patricia Kirkeberg, a professional artist in Florida, took Morgan under her wing. Ms. Kirkeberg studied with the leading artists of the 20th century (Don Kingman, Elliott O’Hara, Robert Brackman and George B. Bridgeman), so she was well equipped to introduce Morgan to the world of an artist. In 1963, under the tutelage of artist Elliott McMurrough (a student of Henry Hensche), Morgan attempted her first plein air painting in DeBary, FL. It was Morgan’s visual fascination with shapes and the play of light that eventually led Morgan to art school.While attending the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL, Morgan was a student of Loran Wilford (1892-1972). Wilford was a leading illustrator turned fine artist of the 20th century. In 1968 Morgan graduated from Ringling. Her first employment as a professional artist was in Kansas City, Missouri with Hallmark Cards, Inc.
After spending her early career as an illustrator and art director, Morgan turned her attention to plein air painting. In 1972 Morgan opened her first studio in Ardmore, Oklahoma. In 1976 Morgan studied with Robert Carl Cogar who she credits as the most important mentor of her career.
Since then Morgan has traveled the US and Europe painting plein air. She’s also been included in over sixty-three invitational national exhibitions, received numerous national awards (Please visit her website: www.MorganSamuelPrice.com for a complete listing.), been published fourteen times in national magazines and even authored two books (Oil Painting with a Basic Palette and Turn on the Light a touchstone to Plein Air Painting). Jean Stern PhD., Executive Director for the Joan Irvine Smith Museum of California Impressionists writes: “Morgan Samuel Price is among the best of the true plein air painters of today…”
Morgan is not only an accomplished artist; she is an equally masterful teacher, as well. For over 35 + years, she has been teaching and inspiring fellow artists all over the world with her wealth of knowledge. Her unique ability to convey her knowledge with each individual student is a gift Morgan loves sharing.
The most impressive part of all of Morgan’s accomplishments is her passion for her craft that drives a relentless pursuit for perfection. Her unending quest to seize the moment that Nature’s natural light creates, allows Morgan to draw the viewer into the exact moment she first set out to capture on her canvas. The natural beauty in Morgan’s work is truly timeless. Morgan Samuel Price’s dedication to her art form is unwavering whether it is manifested at the easel or at the lecture podium.
Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
Allied Artists, New York, NY
American Society of Marine Artists Signature Member
Plein Air Painters of the South East