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The Art of Morgan Weistling

here is a story underneath the story of my paintings,” says artist Morgan Weistling. “I don’t hide the process of how I paint. 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 w ... Read More

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Dressmaker’s Shop, 1886
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Sister Stories
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Apple Pie

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.

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The Needlepoint Artist

This needlepoint artist works in dappled sunlight surrounded by potted flowers and her thread box. The barefoot young girl creates a picture of secluded repose, her hands calmly making progress as her mind is free to dream about the future.

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The Prairie Church

In my quest to portray the many aspects of the West’s pioneers, I have often played with the idea of a country church scene. The men and women of the West’s new frontier expressed their lifestyles, cultural values, and faith in the buildings that served as a focus for community and a center for devotion. This painting depicts the beginning of a service with the congregation holding their hymnals and singing. Drawing from my own church memories and observations , you can find I included a variety of attitudes and reactions, and perhaps, a stowed away pet frog about to make a break for it.

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First Blossoms

Great artists are master storytellers, telling their tales one stroke at a time. Just as an author chooses his words designed to have the greatest impact on his readers, Weistling applies another visual word or sentence every time his brush touches the canvas.

In a work of extraordinary warmth and beauty, “First Blossoms,” is not only a story of the annual awakening of Spring, but of the splendor of the world in the eyes of a child. She, like the season, embraces the world with the light and promise of not only the present but of things to come.

“First Blossoms” is a work of art that grabs your attention from across the room and demonstrates why Morgan Weistling is regarded as one of the most important contemporary impressionists painting today.

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Crossing the Cheyenne River, Summer, 1850

Fueled by hope, optimism and necessity, pioneers began to push beyond the Mississippi in earnest by the mid-1800s. Some of these emigrants went west in search of land, some in search of gold & silver and some, for religious freedom.

Weistling’s paintings of pioneer history capture the heart and soul of the frontier experience because he opens himself up to the unique human experiences and details what he observes while researching his work.

“I actually travelled to South Dakota and assembled this crossing, like I was putting together a movie,” Weistling explains. “I found a young lad who had his own oxen and he would bring them to the river when I had everything else in place. Once I witnessed this kid’s amazing ability to make these oxen do whatever he wanted and saw him lead them through the river ― I knew my painting had found its hero.”

“This was a boy raised on the frontier just like the early pioneers I love to depict. And there he was, real and in front of me. The father knew he could trust his son to lead the oxen through the river while he pushed the wagon from the rear. This was something they had done many times previously, just as the pioneers. This painting honors the legacy of the pioneer toughness of our forefather’s children as much as it does their own.”

Is it a source of pride for you that your ancestors braved the uncertainties and perils of the trails westward to achieve freedom and prosperity for themselves and future generations? Honor that rich legacy with a Fine Art Edition of Morgan Weistling’s “Crossing the Cheyenne River, Summer, 1850.”

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The Snake Oil Salesman

The expression “snake oil salesman” is often used to describe a person who is selling you something with fraudulent claims. Back in the 1800s throughout the West, traveling salesman crossed the land from town to town, promoting what they claimed were remedies for all manner of ailments. To sell their fake medicines, these charlatans would pose as professors of medicine or doctors with dubious credentials.

Originally, Chinese laborers on railroad gangs brought to America their own oil made from Chinese water snakes, which actually had healing properties for joint pain. Soon after, a Western version was being concocted from a plentiful snake at hand, the rattler. Unfortunately, rattlers do not produce any of the benefits of the Chinese water snake. But that didn’t stop salesmen like the fellow depicted here.

To help sell their elixirs, an accomplice, or “shill,” would be chosen from the crowd to come up on stage and test the magic cure. In this painting, the shill has come on stage with his cane to examine the bottle. Soon, after taking a spoonful, he will discard his cane and hop around the stage to the delight of the enthused crowd. The “doctor” will not hang around long, however. Soon he will pack it up and be out of town before his customers realize they have been fooled.

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Wildflowers

Every soul has a blossoming nature, and Morgan Weistling seems to be able to capture that as no one else can. We are drawn to the beauty of flowers, as we are to the innocence of children, because they are most vividly, most perfectly alive. Each varies to its own internal design, no seed interacting with the same soil in the same way.

With “Wildflowers,” collectors will see a punch and vibrancy to the color in Weistling’s palette that makes this SmallWorks™ gem stand out from across the room. Small in size yet powerfully beautiful, this Fine Art Edition Canvas is a pretty and affordable a masterpiece as you could hope to own.

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The Sleepover

“I work extra hard to make every painting worthy of attention,” says Morgan Weistling. “Every time you put your work out there, you have to present to collectors the very best you have.” Some of his best and most popular art displays the innocence of childhood as a time of wonder and magic and Weistling’s “The Sleepover” is the perfect example.

This painting strikes a chord because it captures such simple and graceful elements of everyday life. You get to peek into the inner world of children and their irrepressible urge to gather things and friends. It was one of the most popular paintings at the Autry’s 2014 Master’s Show. Collectors “Intent to Purchase” slips overflowed from the box placed to collect them.

Morgan Weistling’s contemporary impressionism celebrates the wonder of a timeless America and the uncommon beauty of life’s common moments. Youth may be fleeting but as you will discover with your Fine Art Edition Canvas of “The Sleepover,” it does not have to be out of reach.

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The Trackers

The smallest sign could be read by these skilled Lakota hunters-the turn of a leaf, sifted dirt, a pebble knocked out of place. Once found, a track needed to be interpreted-direction of travel, speed, gait and other influences on their quarry’s path. Invisible to most people, this was the art of tracking. “The Trackers” is a companion work to Weistling’s “Lakota Hunters.”

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Patchwork Dreams

Nodding-off while reading is a common enough occurrence. The warm-color harmonies of this soft and cozy quilt emphasize the dreamy atmosphere of this beautiful painting. The quilt itself is an authentic antique from the 1880s that Morgan was able to acquire at an auction. This work of beauty, love and peacefulness enriches the comfort and safety of any home in which it hangs.

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Glow

Soft, amber candlelight illuminates the hope and virtue of youth. The warm light envelopes her in the halo of its “Glow.” The Greenwich Workshop’s forty years of dedication to Fine Art Editions ensures your canvas edition radiates the delicate and intimate artistry that is the foundation of Weistling’s award-winning acclaim.

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Curious Emily

“I love painting kids because of their unpredictability. The key is to go with the reality they create in a situation and not to worry even if things start getting messy,” advises Morgan Weistling. “’Curious Emily’ may not have been the initial concept of the piece, but a child’s curiosity is a powerful thing. My intention was to have the young girl interact with a bowl of peaches. Instead, she found some of the set dressing items I had placed around her far more fascinating. By following her lead, I ended up with a better painting.”Achieving popular appeal and critical acclaim is no simple task for any artist. Weistling is regarded as one of the finest figurative painters today. His combination of technical prowess and acuity for capturing the nuances of the human spirit is what sets his art apart from others.

“Curious Emily” is a prime example of why Morgan is held in such high regard. This Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclèe Edition delivers all the subtle nuances and color harmonies Morgan wove into his original work. Enjoy all the beauty of a Morgan Weistling at a fraction of the cost of the original and grace your home with this divine work of art.

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Lakota Hunters

In a painting as taut with tension as the bowstring drawn in this hunter’s hand, another side of artist Morgan Weistling is revealed with “Lakota Hunters.” An archer himself, Weistling has created a pair of figures that feel as if they are about to jump out the painting itself. Of special note to collectors: this extraordinary, yet uncommon, Morgan Weistling image has been released as an edition of only 45!

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Trusted Friends

“In my search for interesting people to paint, I came to know this gentleman named Mickey Michele,” says Morgan Weistling. “He is a fifth generation Californian whose great, great grandfather was a vaquero and horse trainer in 1890s Los Angeles. The art of horse training has been passed down from generation to generation and he follows in the footsteps of his grandfather. Mickey trains horses for mounted shooting and is an expert in firearms of the old West. I have painted him with his ‘Trusted Friends’ that have served him so well and I purposely used a rough textured painting style to convey his personality.”

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Lemon Girl

“I love color harmonies that provoke a mood,” says artist Morgan Weistling.

“While creating ‘Lemon Girl,’ I was inspired by the juxtaposition of the girl against the subtle greens and blues which ran through the background.

“When I paint, I prefer to suggest the form of my subject, giving impressions of what I see so that the viewer can interpret the painting for themselves. I regard this as my poem about the ‘Lemon Girl’ rather than my full-fledged novel. This allows the viewer to fill in their own details, drawing them in as part of the painting.”

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Pocket Watch

“Sometimes I will get an idea for a painting and it turns into something else once my models are posing,” artist Morgan Weistling says of ‘Pocket Watch.’ “This painting was originally going to be titled ‘Tea for Grandpa’ and my daughter Brittany was suppose to be handing her Grandpa a cup of tea. Well, Grandpa had a shiny pocket watch and Brittany had never seen one before. During a break in the studio, this scene took place and it rang with the sweet innocence of a curious child. I like to strive for truthfulness such as this in my paintings. That’s when I connect to the painting and my hope is that it will reach the viewer, too.” It is this “striving for truthfulness” in the craft of painting and narrative that touches the viewer’s heart and sets Weistling’s work apart from others.

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Reflections

Brushwork can tell a story beyond the subject matter and in the art of Morgan Weistling, his mastery of this talent rivals that of the masters he admires, including John Singer Sargent and Anders Zorn. Creating a dreamlike narrative inspired by scenes from daily life with an essence of the Old West, Weistling’s “Reflections” has a sense of wonder and emotion captured with the same deftness as his first pair of Greenwich releases, “Lemon Girl” and “Trusted Friends.”

“For me, art is my language used to touch the viewer’s heart,” Morgan says. “My hope is that people will get pleasure from viewing my artwork as much I enjoyed painting it.”

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Serenity

“There are paintings that we, as artists, carry in our heads for years before they materialize,” says Morgan Weistling. “‘Serenity’ is one of them.” An artist not only visualizes a painting through its final stroke, but the entire presentation of the work to its completed state of being framed and hung on the wall.

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Dreams in Gold

With his masterful use of oils, artist Morgan Weistling brings a scene to life and engages our imagination and emotion. “Patterns and shapes, arranged in a pleasing design, are the basis for ‘Dreams in Gold,'” says Weistling. “I love taking a simple story of a girl who has fallen asleep after reading in bed, and breaking it down to an abstract design. Painting her from above, everything looked new to me. Shapes flattened out and felt dreamlike and floating. This perspective suspended her in a state of weightlessness. Surrounding her in yellows and warm gold colors added to the peacefulness of her mood.”

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Apple Girl

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.

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Spilled Milk

Artist Morgan Weistling’s paintings invite the viewer to step into a story to which everyone can relate and so it is no surprise that his most popular paintings are his portraits of young children. One of his previous fine art limited edition print, “Apple Girl,” exudes the wonder of childhood grace. Weistling arranges the figures of women and children as though they were abstract shapes, composing a scene that is both visually harmonious and narratively engaging.

In “Spilled Milk,” Weistling continues the journey into the wondrous inner life of children. In the quiet light of morning, a round-cheeked toddler stands in her own little corner, out of the way of busy adults. She tilts a pitcher of milk carefully, watching closely as every drop splashes onto the floor of the kitchen. The little milkmaid in the cranberry colored dress has no motivation but curiosity and her actions stir within all of us a remembrance of our own innocence.

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The Quilting Bee, 19th Century Americana

“There are times when an idea for a painting will linger for years in my mind before it is ever committed to canvas. I’ve thought about this painting for at least 15 years. It all began when my mother showed me a quilt her grandmother had made as a little girl in the late 1800s. I was amazed by its detail and beauty. I began to research quilt-making and discovered the wonderful American tradition of quilting bees and I knew I had my painting.

“At a quilting bee, women would have family and neighbors gather to finish a quilt. It was a real community event. Often a quilt was made to mark a special occasion, such as a wedding or an upcoming journey. The older, more experienced women would do most of the quilt work, but as in my painting, the less experienced would learn the craft alongside the veterans. The quilt in this painting is the actual quilt my great-grandmother made as a little girl, which made the creative process all the more personal for me.”

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The Egg Inspector

“I never cease to be inspired by the wonder and curiosity of children,” says Weistling. “This little farm girl loves to spend time with her chickens and found her way into the coop one day. This serene moment I painted changed rapidly after she decided to stick her thumbs into the eggs to see what would happen. It got pretty messy.”

Morgan Weistling’s contemporary impressionism celebrates the wonder of a timeless America, as well as the beauty of everyday moments. His painting, “The Quilting Bee, 19th Century Americana,” was the winner of several awards at a recent Masters of the American West Art Show and Sale. “The Egg Inspector” is a sweet and easy way to begin collecting the works of this fine artist.

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Sisters

“Is solace anywhere more comforting than in the arms of a sister?”
– Alice Walker

In 2007, artist Morgan Weistling was been the winner of a number of prestigious awards, including the Patron’s Choice and Artists’ Choice Awards at the Autry Museum’s Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale. This release tenderly depicts the bond between two sisters. “Sisters” is a warm portrait of the beauty of the sibling relationship, a relationship that will only grow stronger in the face of adversity and with the passage of time.

“The love between these sisters, who are very close in real life, is testimony to the love and caring possible in our families. Many people are fortunate to have their siblings as their best friends.”

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Feeding the Geese

“Growing up on the farm,” says Morgan Weistling,“I loved to feed the animals. This painting brings back childhood memories of my two sisters and myself. I love to paint geese because their natural design is so decorative. I named each goose as I painted it — I had Daisy, Lobelia, Bungo, Pippin, Eleanor and Hamfast — and had some fun painting Bingo, the lone duck, peering out at the viewer.”

Morgan was featured in “Western Art Collector Magazine” in an article that declared, “ . . . he can paint any subject matter — still life, landscape or figurative work. His painterly style, control of light and color values are outstanding.” Weistling was also heralded as an “heir apparent” to modern Western masters Howard Terpning and Mian Situ in “Art of the West Magazine’s” 20th Anniversary issue.

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The First Dance, 1884 Americana

The idea for the painting, begun as a sketchbook drawing years ago, had taken years to come to fruition. In addition to finding the perfect models, costumes and composition, Morgan did not want to begin on the painting until he could give it his full concentration. Finally, one day last year, he began to create what John Geraghty described in “Western Art Collector” as “his signature work, an absolute master work.”

Why paint a wedding? “I wanted to celebrate the institution of marriage,” says Weistling. “I have been married to my lovely wife JoAnn for many years. I thought of the commitment we made in front of family and friends and what a wonderful feeling it would be to do a painting about that.”

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Strawberry Jam

“I have loved jam on bread since I was a kid,” says artist Morgan Weistling. “I used to watch reruns of ‘The Little Rascals’ and there was a character on the show that was always eating a big, thick piece of bread with loads of jam on it. My model, Emily, is a very quiet and neat little girl. When I first directed her to let some jame drip on her hands and on the table, she could barely got the hang of it. But after a while, she really got the hang of it. Before we were finished, Emily had consumed half the jar.”

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Indian Stories

In June 2008, to the surprise of absolutely no one with their finger on the pulse of the art world, Morgan Weistling’s “Indian Stories” was announced as the winner of the 2008 Prix de West Purchase Award. About the painting Weistling said,“I wanted to capture the tradition of storytelling on canvas and worked on the idea for several years. The painting began with the idea of a grandfather telling stories of his adventures on the Oregon Trail. His grandchildren become completely absorbed by his tale of how he was befriended by the Blackfoot Indians and their gift of the pipe. While we can imagine that this is not the first time their grandmother has heard the story, her delight is in the children’s reactions.”

Like “The Quilting Bee, 19th Century Americana,” which took another of the Western art world’s highest honors, “Indian Stories” is destined itself to become a cherished part of American art history.

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The Gardener

Morgan Weistling’s contemporary impressionism describes the innocence and wonder of a timeless America, as well as the beauty of everyday moments. Weistling is inspired by country life and particularly the lives of children with their irrepressible urge to explore. Morgan says of his model “Her name is Jessica and I discovered her while she attended a Christmas play. As soon as I saw her, painting ideas began to come to me. I imagined her coming in from her grandmother’s garden with her newly picked prizes.”

In the tradition of the artist’s irresistible recent releases “Spilled Milk” and “Juicy Peach,” “The Gardener” portrays the magical innocence of a darling garden helper, in her straw hat and crisp white apron, from a not-too-distant rural American past. She holds her beets tentatively, perhaps because of her white apron! Who wouldn’t want this little gardener’s help?

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Oregon Trail Family, 1848

“I have been fascinated with stories about the Oregon Trail and Santa Fe Trail since I was a child,” says Morgan Weistling. “My grandmother used to tell me how my ancestors had traveled by covered wagon to their new home in the West. She would show me little mementos that had been handed down from that time. When I decided to finally depict a scene from this historic event, I dived into piles of research that are available. Many of the women along the trail kept diaries that give us daily accounts of their journey. I chose to capture what they called ‘The favorite time of the day.’ After walking for eight hours, toiling with oxen and any number of problems, they would set up for the night and rest. A campfire and some music went a long way toward spreading some peace at the end of a very hard day.

“In some ways this painting is a continuation of a theme that I plan to continue. My 2008 painting “Indian Stories” is about a grandfather telling stories about his travels on the Oregon Trail and his meetings with Indians and the trades he had made with them.”

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Kissing the Face of God

“This painting was inspired by the phrase ‘kissing the face of God,’ which I heard in a song many years ago,” said the artist. “I immediately thought of a composition with Mary and baby Jesus and how Mary had the privilege to hold God in the flesh in her arms. She cuddled and kissed him just as all mothers do with their babies. God chose to send his Son into this world in this amazing way — in pure humility.”

“Kissing the Face of God” is one of Morgan Weistling’s iconic images, a portrait of light and love with universal appeal.

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A Helping Hand

“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!”

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Bowl of Oats

“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.”

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Tangerine

It’s that time of year when the fruit laden trees are almost ready to be picked. This young lass has tested several of the fruit from the trees to find that one, perfect tangerine. Her eyes tell you that the smell alone indicates that this is going to be one of the best. And since it’s the first one of the year, it floods the palate with memories of that sweetness.

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Country Schoolhouse, 1879

“The one-room schoolhouse goes back to the founding of our great country,” says artist Morgan Weistling. “It evolved through the decades but the general idea remained the same. I painted the time period that I know and love best, the post Civil War era. I decided to place the teacher as the focal point, a tribute to all the dedicated teachers that help build this nation.

“This is a rural country schoolhouse and I wanted to portray a class that was a little more primitive. They were still using individual chalk boards instead of pen and paper (because of the cost of paper then). No fancy bows and frilly dresses for these kids. I imagined these children as coming from a farming community as well as tradesmen’s homes.

“In my mind, each child has a story. Some are related to each other. There is the girl who gets jealous because another girl is talking to a boy she likes. There is the boy with adoring eyes for his teacher and the girl that has eyes on him. Then there’s the kid who is more interested in his chalk than the lesson and the boy who really is having trouble understanding the lesson. I show a little slice of each of their personalities. Teachers and their classes from this period often appear grim-faced in photographs because of the long exposures required to capture the image. But children are not grim! I used real children as my models to make this room feel alive. I also imagined a background story for the teacher. She is new to her profession, full of enthusiasm yet a little naïve about whom she is entrusted to teach. From crushes to jealousy to apathy to determination, it’s all there in that little one room schoolhouse.”

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The Artist

Morgan Weistling is among several of the Greenwich Workshop Family of Artists to be awarded the prestigious Prix De West award. In fact, he (and Howard Terpning) have won the award twice!

Morgan’s first Prix De West award came in 2001 for “The Dance” and the second in 2008 for “Indian Stories.” As Morgan relates, the model for “The Artist” may one day show in The Prix De West as well: “The idea for this painting came very naturally. My daughter, Brittany, is following in her parents footsteps and is quite the artist at 14. (Morgan’s wife, Jo Ann, paints under the name J. Peralta).

“She has posed for me many times, notably in ‘The Dance.’ Here, she is a girl set with kitchen tasks but has put them aside to partake in her first love, painting. Although she should be peeling those potatoes, she would rather set up items from her mother’s 1890s country kitchen and paint a still life in watercolor. Behind her on the cabinet, other paintings are pinned. I tried to portray that intensity of young inspiration to be an artist. It’s an unstoppable force when given the right encouragement.”

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Dutch Apple Pie

Oh, the delights of childhood! you can just feel the excitement radiating from this little “Dutch” girl now that she has taken the apple pie from the cooling rack and is about to taste test it. There is no one around to stop her and, after all, it’s important to insure that it tastes as good as it looks!

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Joy

A figure painting without mood is just another picture of a person. There is no confusion about which we’re seeing here. With “Joy,” Morgan Weistling has created a fine art gem. The atmosphere is electric. The child simply radiates innocent delight. Morgan, with as few brushstrokes as possible, has us embraced by the inner light of childhood conjuring details, background and relationships from our own lives to create a canvas far greater in size than the dimensions of this wondrous edition. “We can only see what the light reveals to us,” says artist Morgan. “And, I’m all about capturing light.

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The Campers

Artist Morgan Weistling’s penchant for extensive historical research is the collector’s windfall and “The Campers” provides a fascinating glimpse into how this modern master comes upon inspiration. “Often when I am researching for a big painting I find other ideas emerge,” says Weistling. “While working on my painting ‘Oregon Trail Family, 1848,’ I was inspired to paint this other idea focusing on the simple tents the frontier settlers often used. Set in the late 1800s, these two little pioneers have made themselves at home in their temporary shelter. As the sun is setting and it gets darker, the candle is lit and the beans are served. Cherished items brought on the adventure lay strewn on the quilt with the carefree abandon of childhood.”

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The Promise

The difference between a magnificent work of art and an illustration lies in the artist’s passion for the subject at hand. Such is the case with the power of Morgan Weistling’s Christian art.

The disciples Matthew (Chapter 9) and Mark (Chapter 5) both have accounts of Jarius, leader of a synagogue, who pleaded with Jesus to heal his dying daughter. Jesus agreed to see her but before they reached the house, they received word that the girl had died. Jesus told her father not to be afraid, but to believe.

When they reached the house, Jesus asked everyone to leave except His disciples Peter, James and John and the child’s parents. Then He took the girl’s hand and commanded her to get up. The 12-year-old girl rose and walked around the room. Everyone was astonished, but Jesus told them to give her something to eat and not to tell anyone.

“I chose to depict that moment when the little girl had been given her life back by Jesus,” says the artist. “I imagined the closeness she must have felt for Him. This painting illustrates a real event in time, and it is also symbolic of the life Jesus offers everyone. As a Christian, it is easy to understand the girl’s gratitude because we have all been given life. I am reminded of Jesus’ offer to all in John, Chapter 11: ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’”

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Thy Will Be Done

The difference between a magnificent work of art and an illustration lies in the artist’s passion for the subject at hand. Such is the case with the power of Morgan Weistling’s Christian art.

“This painting is a portrait of prayer,” says artist Morgan Weistling, “and its title comes from that moment in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matt 26:39), hours before his crucifixion.

“I was inspired to paint this by the number of times the Bible refers to Christ going off alone to pray to his Father, for example in Luke 5:16: ‘But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.’

“I wanted the viewer to imagine how Jesus would look if you were to come upon him in a private moment of prayer. The painting emphasizes his strong carpenter’s hands, clasped in prayer, representing his communion with the Father. As I painted it I also thought about the importance of praying not only in times of need but often, and thoughtfully, just as Christ did.”

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Reflection of God

The difference between a magnificent work of art and an illustration lies in the artist’s passion for the subject at hand. Such is the case with the power of Morgan Weistling’s Christian art.
“Colossians 1:15-20 speaks of Christ’s supremacy and of his being the image of the invisible God. Studying this passage brought the scene of Jesus’ baptism to my mind,” says artist Morgan Weistling.

“I chose to depict a quiet moment while Jesus was in the Jordan River to be baptized by John. I wanted to focus on Christ alone, looking to his Father in heaven, as he fulfilled God’s promise to send a Savior. His reflection in the water extends forward, reaching out to us, the viewers, as does Christ himself with his immeasurable gift of salvation. My prayer is that this painting will not only proclaim the deity of Christ but will encourage the viewer to answer the question that Jesus asks all of us: ‘Who do you say I am?’ (Matt. 16:15).”

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The Dance

Most of artist Morgan Weistling’s art depicts scenes from the mid-to late-1800s rural American life, a time of the settling and defining values of our country. It’s a not too distant past that is recognizable, but just barely. In 2001, “The Dance” made Weistling the youngest person ever to win the Prix de West Award – he also won the Nona Jean Hulsey Buyers’ Choice Award – from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where it is now in the museum’s permanent collection.

Morgan’s daughter, Brittany, posed for this painting when she was five years old. “Looking back on this painting 10 years later, I can still feel the music and remember the inspiration that stirred this idea,” says Morgan. “Brittany and I were visiting a Cowboy Poetry and Music festival and at one point she began to dance to some musicians much like in the painting. I later re-created that scene in my studio. I will always cherish the memories of Brittany and I dancing together as the musicians played for us.”

This darling slip of a girl with a white apron dances on wooden floorboards worn smooth enough to twirl barefoot. We can almost feel the vibration of the music ourselves as the men lean into the rhythm and the expression of the music in her dance step. It’s been a long week of hard labor but tonight that melts away in a spirit of shared music and joy.

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Flour Child

Two Prix De West Purchase Awards and Five Patron’s Choice awards (from The Master’s of the American West) would be the earmark of an impressive career for any artist. That Morgan Weistling has accomplished this feat in just over a ten year period is a stunning achievement and testimony to the artist’s commitment to perfection.

“Flour Child” is prime example of why Morgan is held in such high regard. Regarded one of the finest figurative painters today, his combination of technical prowess and acuity for depicting the nuances of the human spirit are what set him apart from others.

“When I first get an idea for a painting,” explains Weistling, “I usually know it’s worth pursuing if the title comes with it quickly. I find endless fascination with the world that children create in their imaginations. When I set little Madison on the floor to explore the world of baking and told her she could play with the flour, I knew magic would happen. Of course, I will be finding flour residue in my studio for years to come. It was an epic mess but it brought me great inspiration.”

Achieving popular appeal and critical acclaim is no simple task for any artist. Works such as “Flour Child” are a prime example of why Morgan is held in such high regard.

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Sienna’s Tea

“This painting of my 4-year-old daughter was inspired by a tea set that her grandmother gave her,” says artist Morgan Weistling. “The imagination of children continues to be a wonder for me to paint because they so easily drift into a make-believe world. She had little conversations with her stuffed friends while serving them and seemed unaware of my studying the whole event. It was a very successful party.”

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Straw Hat

“I am in no way comparing myself to Martin Scorsese, but I understand why he chooses to work so much with particular actors,” explains Morgan Weistling. “It’s not that he knows what they are going to do, but that he is continually surprised by what they do. He knows that they are going to give him a great performance, but it is the how and what they deliver in a performance that exceeds his expectations.

“Emily is a young girl that brings this same talent to modeling sessions for my paintings. (She appears in some of my most popular paintings, “Apple Girl,” “Joy” and “Strawberry Jam.”) “Straw Hat” is simply one of those special combinations of expression, mood and lighting that present themselves when Emily takes on a character.”

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Alice

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. “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.

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Our Refuge and Strength

“This painting depicts one of my favorite stories from the life of Christ,” says artist Morgan Weistling. “I remember reading about Jesus walking on water and noting that he was out in the middle of a lake! This had a profound effect on me. “In ‘Our Refuge and Strength’ I wanted to show Peter’s point of view, as though the viewer were struggling in the water alongside him. And, like Peter, we come to the realization that Christ is there to save us, as suggested by the light breaking through the turbulent clouds.”

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Water to Wine

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” –John 1:14

The transformation of water into wine by Christ is the first miracle in the Gospel of John, revealing his glory to his disciples. When wine ran out at a wedding, Christ asked the urns to be filled with water, which then became the very finest wine. The Biblical story also can be read as a metaphor for the blessing of Christ’s arrival and for his teachings.

“My main focus was to make the viewer feel like an eyewitness to the biblical account of Christ’s first miracle,” says artist Morgan Weistling, “changing water to wine at the wedding feast of Cana. To convey the sense of awe one would feel, I depicted the astonished face of the servant as he pours the water and watches as it is transformed into wine.”

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Apples and Oranges

“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.

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The Fishing Hole

A superb colorist, artist Morgan Weistling brings this scene to life with spectacular lighting, creating a sense of wonder and engaging the viewer’s imagination and emotion. 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.
“The Fishing Hole” is a unique, personal homage to brotherly love and childhood magic. “I was originally going to title this painting ‘Brothers,’” explains artist Morgan Weistling. “It is as much about the joy of fishing as it is about the bonding experience that fishing allows. I painted it in memory of my older brother, Steve. I have fond memories of him teaching me all of the things he knew about fishing and camping. I painted the older brother with his hand on the younger boy’s shoulder representing that protection that I always felt when I was with Steve. It was pretty handy having a brother that was 6’ 4″.

“I painted that moment when a fish has just taken its first bite, the line gives that pull and the excitement jumps into your throat. The experienced older brother is a little more collected and amused with his brother’s reaction. When I was this age I remember letting out quite a few whoops of joy while out in our dingy but my big brother was always there to make sure the fish made it into the boat.”

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The Chef´s Daughter – Chuck Wagon 1892

“I paint the American spirit: people from an era when we had to be strong to survive,” says Morgan Weistling. The advance of the American frontier, from the Alleghenies to the Pacific, forged not only the geographical boundaries of this country but our national character as well. “Life was played out at the cutting edge of civilization. For all the trials they had to endure, daily moments and memories of family life on the frontier are not so distant that they do not resonate with and inspire us today.”

The night’s camp site has been selected and work has begun on the evening’s meal. The chuck wagon represented to the cowboy not only an island of civilization out on the range but also home for “The Chef’s Daughter.” This state of the art kitchen may not come equipped with a sub-zero refrigerator but it could travel hundreds of miles through any weather. As rough and tumble as any day moving cattle could have been, even the most ornery of ranch hands would have found a soft spot in his soul when he came into camp and en-countered Cookie’s young daughter after a hard day’s ride.

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End of Harvest

“Anyone who has grown up around farms knows well the end of harvest ritual of going through the fields looking for the leftover crops that were passed over or missed on the actual reaping,” says artist Morgan Weistling. “Kids from nearby farms and homes would be invited to follow the wagon to help out.”

The lively composition in this sunlit landscape starts your eye with the young girl’s face in the lower right, an autumn nymph whose joy in the late-harvest work party spreads throughout the painting. It’s even an olfactory feast for the farmer’s dog that lopes along, grateful for the rich unearthed scents and the children’s company as they make a game of gathering the final squash and pumpkin before winter yields a killing frost.

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Olivia’s Coop

One of the most popular and prized paintings from the 2012 Masters of the American West Exhibition and Sale was Morgan Weistling’s Olivia’s Coop. What attracts so many to his work? It is through his mastery of lighting, atmosphere and mood that he is able to capture the casual nature and whimsy of a child’s interaction their magical and innocent world.

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Laundry Girl

“I’ve become extra careful to make sure every painting is worthy of attention,” says Morgan Weistling. Even when it comes to one of his SmallWorks such as “Laundry Girl,” the hallmarks of what makes owning a Weistling so special are abundantly apparent – a captivating figure from a distant yet familiar time and place is rendered so tenderly and flawlessly it is as if she surely must exist.

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The Country Doctor

Atomizer in hand, this dedicated, selfless and (as indicated by the overreaction to the unfamiliar on this young boy’s face) perhaps slightly misunderstood physician practices his healing ways in this frontier home. Weistling’s tribute to country doctors and the role they played in the development of early American tradition was awarded the Patron’s Choice Award for best painting at the 2013 Masters of the American West.

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