The Stevenson-Morris Art Studio & Gallery
Fragments Of My Life
Joanne Stevenson Morris was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1952. Her father was a career officer in the Canadian Armed Forces and the family was always in transition from one province to another. Her fondest childhood memory was flying in her father’s small yellow airplane over Wainwright, Alberta. This early experience gave her a “global” perspective of the world and her desire to travel to exotic and far away places like Italy, Qatar, Costa Rica, Holland and Britain. Acknowledging her Scottish roots, Joanne in now living in Wallaceburg, Ontario.
After learning about art therapy at the Ontario College of Art in 1972, she pursued a degree in Fine Art and a post-graduate diploma in Art Therapy from the University of Western Ontario. Joanne has also completed basic training in play therapy. While studying, Joanne was the Education Officer at the Sarnia Public Art Gallery (Gallery Lambton). She was instrumental in developing the first Artist Studio Tour in Lambton County.
As a Registered Art Therapist, Joanne has worked in private practice since 1994. She has dedicated herself to helping children and their families struggling with trauma and loss in their lives by using the medium of art and play therapy. Over the years, Joanne has witnessed the power of art for healing. She has used this skill to motivate her and help her process her own trauma and losses in her personal life. She has exhibited in private and juried exhibitions and her paintings express in line and colour that which can not be expressed in words. Her paintings reflect her interest in Jean Dubuffet, Art Brut and the raw vision of the “outsider artist” or the art of the insane. Dubuffet created the term, “paysages mentaux” to describe the projection of the unconscious world of the artist to the spectator.
As a certified elementary school teacher with a specialist in special education, her goal is to share her knowledge and expertise in the field of art therapy with other mental health professionals while encouraging others to become more self-aware through art and creativity.