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Issue 87 - Dramatic Painting

Whisky Magazine Issue 87
April 2010


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Dramatic Painting

Amanda Brock talks to one of Scotland's hottest artists and his malt connections.

Did you ever practice your signature as a child, perfecting it in the hope that one day you'd be famous enough to use it?

John Lowrie Morrison did, coming up with his very own nom de plume – jolomo, taken from he first two letters of each of his three names. And now he's doing just that – painting Scottish Highland landscapes under his adopted names and becoming one of Scotland's best loved artists in the process.

Jolomo captures the Scottish Highlands in vivid colour in his dramatic oil paintings and has become renowned for painting the West Coast of Scotland. Having shown talent at school, Morrison studied art at Glasgow School of Art and in the ‘60s branched into teaching. He moved his wife, Maureen, his young family (three boys) and his brother, to Argyll. This was the area of Scotland of John's childhood holidays and has been their home for the last 38 years.

John talks fondly of those holidays on the West Coast of Scotland. Holidaying in the country, from the city, invoked a sense of freedom for the young Morrison. He tells me how he and his elder brother spent many happy hours in the harbour at Tighnabruaich, watching the Waverley and other boats arrive and depart. Full of other happy Scots holidaying in Scotland.

His family have a croft in Kyles, Isle of Harris, currently occupied by a Minister cousin of his, where John also spent time.

From these holidays and trips to Harris, Mull and the other Islands, John made his first ventures to Iona. Iona has been t...

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