Deborah Morriss

Deborah MorrissFebruary 5, 2015
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

A wonderful part about reading children’s picture books, whether you’re young or old, is looking at the pictures. On February 5, see and hear how one local artist, Deborah Morriss, made the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale “The Nightingale” come alive with her vibrant, contemporized illustrations. Morriss will demonstrate the process of structuring a picture book for publication, relate the research involved in gathering relevant visual imagery and content, and explain the ideas and choices behind her colourful compositions. As her PowerPoint presentation follows the illustrations and text of the story from cover to cover, Andersen’s timeless tale of greed, loyalty, and revelation will unfold. Bring the kids!

Deborah Morriss studied for five years at the Ontario School of Art and Design, and then completed her Masters of Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently supports herself as a scenic painter in the film industry, but, in recent years, has been developing a portfolio and studying under professional illustrators with the goal of transitioning to a new career in picture books. Her rich imagery and subtle humour operate on multiple levels to create an engaging experience for both adults and children. Deborah’s monoprint “Twins” was awarded first prize in the Works On Paper category in the ARTS 2011 juried exhibit at the Surrey Art Gallery. To view her work, visit

There will be time for questions and conversation during and following the talk. The event concludes by 9pm. Refreshments are provided.
This event is presented by the Surrey Art Gallery Association in partnership with the Surrey Art Gallery, and with support from the Arts Council of Surrey.