New Era, MI
Melisa and Charlie Morrison in rural West Michigan
The Morrison's came to Michigan, via Colorado, to homestead a tract of land five miles from Lake Michigan.
Come view our Artist page at: http://www.facebook.com/AlbaRanch
Melisa's Blog at: http://albaranch.net
Charlie's blog at: http://morrison.uk.net
Prints from Alba Ranch can be purchased on this site, but some original paintings are for sale, along with Melisa's fiber work on their Etsy Store
Melisa is a Fiber artist. She has always been fascinated by Color, Texture, Nature and the Unusual! Its evidence can be seen in her photography,paintings, personal choice of clothing as well as the textiles and Fiber Art that she creates. It even shows in the choice of animals that she raises. She first encountered all of that in spades and realized how much she loved it while living in Peru in 1985. She has hiked El Camino de los Incas, the Inca Trail down into Manchu Picchu. She was introduced to REAL textiles while shopping and browsing the local markets in Cuszo and Urubamba. The weavings and fabrics of the Incas are fantastic.
She learned how to hand spin and weave in Aberdeenshire, Scotland where her husband was born and where they lived for the first 6 years of their marriage. She uses various types of sheep fleece and Angora Bunny Fleece in her creations. (Up until recently, she raised her own llamas, angora goats, cashmere goats, merino sheep, dorper sheep, Lincoln Long wool sheep, Teeswater sheep, Wensleydale sheep, and a whole lot more dairy goats than she has now. She has had to cut down, hands are failing. She wanted to use the strength that she has to create, not clean up poop stalls!)
Charlie Morrison is a Scottish male, currently working in the off-shore industry and living in the countryside of Michigan when he is not on the boat. Charlie oil paints, dabbles in Water Colors, has his camera with him always for his photography, and even had a book published in 2009. He has been exhibited locally both with his oil paintings and his photography which has won awards.
He had an art teacher tell him in the University that he was crap and never painted again for over 10+ years. You will be glad he has started painting again once you see his paintings.