A. Morris Artistry

Fine Art Photography and Watercolor Painting by Aimee Morris

Four Years, Two Degrees

Morgan in Fashion

Suddenly, Last Summer

I am reaching the end of four years of school, and I’m not sure how to feel about it. On the one hand, I will be free of the stress to always get good grades and prove I am worthy of the opportunity given to me. On the other hand, I will miss my instructors, my classmates and the chance to learn new material and techniques from the experts.

One of the advantages of being a “mature” student is that you stand out from all the lovely young scholars and it helps people remember you. Instructors I had two years ago see me and wave, “Hi Aimee!” I can’t tell you how much a simple hello from a professor I look up to warms my heart. It’s funny how I feel just as young as my fellow students on the inside, while my outside gives me away!

I’m proud how hard I worked to do well and made honor roll just about every quarter. I could study hard and get 4.0s in classes like math and English, but those art classes are a different story! I still worked very hard, but I usually didn’t fall into the groove until about three-quarters of the way though the class. Oh, the hours spent in open studio in the ceramic lab trying to pull a cylinder on the pottery wheel! Probably just as many hours wiled away in the dark room trying to come up with a decent print. I even learned how to weld!

Drawing with Words

Artist Mash-up

Self-Portrait Chagall style

Special memories of my hard work include receiving 100% on papers written for Art Appreciation (my instructor told me I should write an art blog), Modern Art, and English (my professor said I have a gift!). There were also a few times I didn’t quite have the scores to receive a 4.0, but because I attended every class and worked hard, I earned extra points to bump me up just enough. One teacher told me I have it in me to do great things. I hang on to those words tightly when things aren’t going so well, in any aspect of my life.

Acrylic Painting of Aluminum Foil

Lord Byron Series

Mostly I learned that this old dog has a few tricks left in her. If I have any wisdom to impart, it would be to make time for yourself and do the things that fill you up. I have spent a lot of my life just trying to survive, as a lot of people do. Going to work in order to make it to the next paycheck in order to pay the next bill. Women especially feel the need to take care of everyone and everything before themselves. That’s why you’ll find a lot of older ladies taking art classes. They finally have some time for what they want to do! I would implore everyone not to wait. Make a schedule and be sure to carve out time for yourself. From taking a bath to taking a class, do what makes YOU happy. The house doesn’t have to look perfect all the time, and it’s okay to say no to some (or most!) of the endless requests for your time. When you’re happier, everyone else around you will be, too.

I’m sad this chapter is coming to a close, but I intend to make use of the extra time. Extra time to “be a maker,” as my classmate says. Even if I’m not in the classroom, I’ll never be done learning. From YouTube videos to books to non-credit classes to just plain LIFE, there’s always something new to learn and do. Plus, I’m sure I’ll be back to SFCC once the new art building is finished to add a few more tricks to my bag.

Thank you to my husband for his military service that gave me the opportunity to attend school, for all of your support, and all your proofreading! Thank you to Logan and Autumn for being my subjects and assistants, I appreciate it! Thank you to Mariah Boyle for your help in launching my college experience. You were there at the beginning and on graduation day of my AFA! Thank you to Ira Gardner, for seeing things in me that I couldn’t see in myself. To Cyndi Wilson, your loss is immeasurable and I will forever be grateful for your encouragement.

Take to heart one of my favorite quotes from George Eliot, “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” Except a heli-skier. You probably shouldn’t start that now. Or a base-jumper . . .