MY JOURNEY SO FAR
I was born April 3rd, 1988 at Huddersfield Royal infirmary. 128 Armitage road, Milnsbridge would be my home for the next 21 years, until I left home for Scotland to take up a youth work position. 5 years earlier, I was sitting on the sofa after just receiving the news I had a condition that would change my life forever. Colitis.
At this time colitis and it's effects were very much unknown, only that It was a condition that wouldn't ever be cured but only managed. Good often comes from bad... While i was sitting trying to process the news I tuned into Bob Ross' Joy of painting show. This is where the gift of art and the world of colour was introduced to me. Bob inspired me to get out the brushes and let out the artist within.
I began emulating Bob's style for a while and during this time fell in love with the oriental style of art work. But my real love was the mountains. Over the next five years, I got involved with many things. Competitive bodybuilding being one of the key points in my life. ( 5th in Britain at one time.)
In 2010 I left Huddersfield to take a role Scotland as a youth worker, Art didn't play much of a key role for me for the first eight months, but then one night something called me back to pick up the brushes again. The feel of the brushes against my hands, the connection I felt when holding the plastic, it was like the bristles were in sync with everything that I was doing. Every impulse, every surge of imagery that came to mind, began hitting the canvas and what I saw in my mind i then began to see in the real world.
In 2012 I had been studying at the Scottish Baptist College for around two years. During this time I had been battling a serve flare up of, what I later found out to be colitis. Spring came and I was taken into hospital, pumped with steroids to try to do a quick fix, and sent home, unable to study due to ill health. I had a lot of time on my hands, so what better thing to do than get out the paint brushes and begin painting. It was around this time that many people saw my work and saw huge potential in it.
From this point on the story takes a turn for the better. In 2011 , I have been flat sharing with a former friend of mine. Who unbeknownst to me had what's a good invites and dodgy dealings. Things that I've been led to believe about the flats living situations weren't actually true. . I needed to get out of his flat quickly. I couldn't afford the rent, I was all alone. And at that point I would have tried just about anything.
My best friend at the time said I could live with him. And although I felt very much, that God was telling me that I shouldn't, I moved with him anyway.
, I stayed with him for quite a while, unable really to get back On My Feet due to ill health and low income, I felt I was stuck in the ground going nowhere. During this time, I had started sketching and painting again. Facebook was just really starting to take off, so I thought why not promote my paintings on Facebook. Very quickly, one piece sold. Then another and another. I Began to think "I could be onto something here." I Began taking commission orders as a sketch artist, and I could see, the level of debt decreasing. . I was finally getting back into the green.
2011 then presented an awesome opportunity, to illustrate books. Several of which were the clients in the United States. A dear friend of mine Anna Renault, employed me to do several of her books and then came up with the idea of the United States tour. Naturally I was thrilled and over the Moon at the opportunity. So in 2012, all of our planning, ideas and location research came to fruition. I got the opportunity to go to Nebraska, Colorado, Dallas, Washington and Maryland were spent most of my time. All seem to be going so well at this point, I was in the United States touring with Art from the Heart this was beyond my wildest dreams But very quickly, those dreams are about to go up in smoke.
After speaking at a conference and been on the road for about 8 hours, I return back to my lodgings to find an email from my best friend and landlord. He informed me that he wanted his house back and, that wanted me to move out. In effect was giving me my 1 months notice, while I was in the United States and unable to do anything about it. My entire world felt like it was crashing down around me. To top it all colitis was causing some problems when I was out in the United States. Due to the High insurance rates, there was very little I could do other than take the medication I already had with me. I knew I had to return home back to Scotland, but I had no idea what I waited me.
At the end of July I packed my bags, said goodbye to Anna and headed home to Scotland. 21 hours of travel later, I made it back to the house that I've been staying in only to find that all my possessions had gone. When my former friend and landlord arrived home, I asked him to the take me to the place, that I would now call home. He did... Would have waited me was one of the most scary sites that I have ever encountered, a bedsit, all my possessions thrown into a room thankfully the door had a lock on it. For the first time in a long time I felt alone and terrified. My best friend has betrayed me in sold me out, just so his he could make some extra income. So what on earth was I to do? and wondered in fear for a lot of time, trying to keep myself together as best as possible but the reality is were I was crumbling and fast.The was an opportunity to head back to the United States, but after praying, meditating and seeking guidance I knew it wasn't the right place for me to be. I knew somehow, I had to survive this.
As time went by, I started to get stronger and stronger. Learning skills that I'd never learned and finding strength that I never knew I had. One morning when I was in the gym, watching some TV programme on my laptop, I felt God's voice very close to me and just whispered in my ear " it's ok, you going to make it." this was all I needed to hear, all I needed to get me over that next hurdle.
A few months later I would move out of that place, and into my own police which looking back was a cold damp flat but, to me it was a kingdom on a hill. It represented safety and security for me.
No many people have asked what kind of effect did this have upon me if any? Let me tell you folks even as I sit and write this to you some five or six years on it still has an effect, betrayal is a hard thing to get over but I'm glad to say and well past that. It was during all this time that I met my wonderful wife, Katie. Who supported me through everything that we went through together. Struggles with colitis, the eviction and even the battles I had with my employment in the church. She has been a tower of strength.
So, what happened next you might ask? Well in 2016, I left my job as a youth worker due in-large, to the political struggles and nonsense that went on behind the scenes. I left my job, to run Ar from the Heart full time. I must have been nuts. I left my job secure income, to run an art business. But I felt very much that I was called to do this and that it was going to be something very, very special. Nothing can prepare you for when you take the first steps of faith. It's not all plain sailing it's not guaranteed to be and this business certainly hasn't been. But running it full time for the last however many years, it's fed us, clothed us and kept a roof over our heads.
In 2017, Facebook's algorithms went through some drastic changes. This pulls the problem as we were no longer able to promote and reach fans in the we we had for so many years before. So, we decided to open up the Art from the Heart School of Art. We started initially with only a few students a few years prior when I was playing about with teaching, now we needed to make it work. I marketed and promoted it day and night. In four weeks we went from having 5 students, to having around 35 students of week joining us. This obviously fluctuates throughout the year as some come in for a course or two, while others come in for a much longer period...
It is certainly been a massive journey, I have learnt things that I never thought I would, been involved with situations that I never thought I could. But all of it is contributed to Wisdom and knowledge of telling a story that is much bigger than myself.
SO WHATS IT LIKE WORKING WITH ME?
Now with over a decade of experience and a positive track record with nearly 1000 clients from around the world. I’m still painting Unique, eye opening and heart touching, paintings that will transform and transport the viewer to a world within a world.
I respect and honour the position that I have been given in life and that is why I give utmost professional service, have and the client’s best interests at heart, in doing so I EXCEL in CUSTOMER SERVICE and I make sure we have a Quick but very detailed painting turnaround time depending upon size and demand.
All my work comes with a certificate of authentication which is signed by me to Guarantee and verify that this is a hand painted painting of my highest quality and that I have personally done.
Also all work comes with some special freebees too so you can see more about the people we work with, serve and work that I undertake.
Payment plans are also available if desired.
I personally matt the canvas, which means its stretched over a wooden frame and ready to hang, saving you the effort and pain of having to worry about doing that yourself.
. The painting is then bubble-wrapped and packaged with thick cardboard. I personally package your painting to ensure that no damage happens to the painting prior to dispatch.
And then your painting is sent via the tracking and signature system to ensure it arrives to the address you provide safely.
I do ask for a deposit via PayPal just to secure things but once all done we are good to begin atwww.johnmorrisartfromtheheart.com all our terms and conditions are also available on our website.
EACH ART IS UNIQUE
Some,unique for being good, some, needing more practice. Me I am unique for being an all rounder, an artist whose main objective is to provide the best service that I can.
To put smiles on faces, and in so doing provide for my family and staff members. I try deeply to be a fun approachable artist who has his clients best interests at heart. I go out of my way to serve you, and to make you feel comfortable in working with us.
I provide jobs for those who everyday battle with disabilities (myself included with Colitis), I also run a local youth group, where among teaching many things i teach art classes on Sunday mornings and life skills Sunday night.
In working with me you will receive a unique, heart touching and eye opening painting that will represent, YOU, the image that you send. contact me today for a FREE quote.
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