About Bee Morrison
Bee’s painting career really began at the age of eight in her junior school in Liverpool where her paintings were regularly seen on the walls of the main corridor. After that ‘life’ took over and nothing was produced until she went to her foundation course at Bolton much, much later in life. Since graduating with an honours degree in design she spent time creating high end jewellery, learning the art of ‘teaching’ as well as developing her practical painting skills. She has hosted well over 40 art holidays in the UK and abroad, taught on 19 cruises worldwide, been on five different television shows and produced many art tuition books and associated products.
She is currently writing and illustrating her newest book called Graphtastic which will be published on 4th July 2020 to celebrate Bee’s graduation from art college.
Bee’s first television appearance was in 2000 on a programme called ‘Better Gardens’ hosted by Carol Vorderman. Only six programmes were ever made. Bee’s friend Bev lived on one of the houses chosen to have a garden make-over. Bee was asked to paint three large panels representing the lavender fields of Provence. These were positioned in the garden behind some arches making the illusion into a grand vista. It was the first time that Bee had ever painted 6’high pictures on marine plywood up a ladder with acrylic paint.
You might also remember a programme called ‘Watercolour Challenge ‘(2001). Bee was very lucky to have been chosen to be one of only nine people to take part in the first week of the fourth and final year which was filmed in southern France. The very lovely Hannah Gordon was the host for all these.
Later she was a guest artist on Car Booty (2007), a guest designer on Jewellery Maker tv (16 shows) and a demonstrator on Hochanda tv shopping channel.
To celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee in 2002 Bee painted a watercolour portrait of Her Majesty. Eventually this was sent to her and now resides somewhere in the royal collection. Her Lady in Waiting called Lady Mary Morrison sent Bee a short letter of thanks from the Queen complete with the royal crest embossed on the envelope.
The cruise ship work began in 2004 with some month long Caribbean trips. Then longer ones on P&O ships took Bee further away as far as Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and many other exotic locations. She has amassed a huge number of sketchbooks recording most of the many places visited.
You might also have seen one of Bee’s many magazine publications in Art of England, Essentially Yours, Leisure Painter and Making Jewellery. Age and experience brings many advantages; lots of knowledge about art techniques ready to be passed on and invitations to be a judge at art events in the local area, Warrington Art Club, Bolton Art Circle and Haigh Agricultural Show (wellingtons at the ready for that one).
In the past most of Bee’s time has been dedicated to her teaching career but in 2016 she decided to add some major exhibitions to her cv including Waterside Biennial 2016, St Helens World of Glass 2017, Stockport Open 2017 and Salford Open 2018. All this led to her successful application for a solo exhibition in the Art Space at Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery in March 2019. During the exhibition time Bee began a series of regular art workshops which will continue into January and February 2020.
At the same time Bee was allocated a cabinet to display and sell her designer jewellery together with her art tuition books and other art products.