My paintings and drawings capture brief moments of solitude in nature and relationships. By purposefully encroaching on a private moment, which may otherwise be forgotten or overlooked, I strive to present scenes of loneliness and tranquility to capture their ethereal beauty while evoking a new myriad of emotions.
Morgan has been painting and drawing since she was seven years old. Her earliest memory was sitting on the stairs of her parents’ house in Greensboro, NC, trying to copy the butterflies printed on the wallpaper. Throughout high school, she drew on everything from her math notes and the bottom of her shoes to her friends’ arms.
When it came time to choose a college and start planning for her future, she didn’t think becoming an artist was even possible. She excelled in Physics, Drafting, and Calculus and decided to pursue becoming either a mechanical engineer or an architect. Ultimately, she attended Clemson University from 2002-2006 and graduated with a BS in Graphic Communications with a minor in Advertising.
For the next 11 years, Morgan focused on her career in printing and publishing. She worked in Technical Sales for Hewlett Packard in Atlanta, as a manager for a Digital Printing Department in San Diego, and currently as a Program Manager for Amazon’s self-publishing company in Charleston, SC.
In 2017, she decided it was time to switch back to the right-side of her brain. She felt like a part of her was missing and she wanted to seek it out again. In 2018, she completed an online program through the Visual Arts Passage for Illustration and attended the Illustration Academy in Kansas City, MO, that summer. In January 2019, she took a 3-month sabbatical from Amazon to focus on building her Illustration portfolio and to travel. During her second round at the Illustration Academy in June 2019, with her teachers’ guidance, she decided to focus mainly on Fine Art.
Sixteen years later, Morgan has come full circle. Her life goal is to push outside of the comfort of logic and reason—and into the depths of the right side of her brain to hone her creativity. She currently resides in North Charleston, SC, and participates in group pop-up events around town. Her latest work includes watercolor paintings, oil paintings and mixed media paintings that can be found at The Station in Park Circle. She enjoys experimenting with new mediums and continues to explore figures, landscapes and still life as well as more conceptual ideas. She loves to take road trips, travel to other countries, hike through mountains, eat food, talk about food, cook food, have others cook food for her, and of course, paint.
2018/2019 Summer Workshop, Illustration Academy, Kansas City, MS
2018 Visual Arts Passage (online), Kansas City, MS
2006 B. S. Graphic Communications, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
2022 (Upcoming) Park Circle Gallery, North Charleston, SC
2021 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition, Charleston City Gallery, Charleston, SC
2021 ArtFields, Lake City, SC
2021 Park Circle Art Walk , North Charleston, SC
(Participating Artist and Curator)
2020 Park Circle Art Walk, North Charleston, SC
(Participating Artist and Curator)
2020 Nature of Us Paintings by Celeste JB. Morton, Maggie Eli, and Morgan East, Tradesman Brewery, Charleston, SC
Awards, Publications, Press, and Auctions
2021 MUSC selected Artist, Charleston, SC
2021 Heart Ball Donor, Charleston, SC
2021 Fox 24 News Now, Charleston, SC
2019 Annual Redux Auction participant, Charleston, SC
2019 - Present The Station, Park Circle, SC