Suzanne Morrison was born in Manitoba and earned her BA and BFA at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Following a move to Toronto in 1983, she has shown extensively in public and commercial galleries throughout Canada and the U.S.
While her early work was concerned with landscape in an abstracted form, after moving to Toronto and spending time on the Niagara Escarpment as Artist in Residence for the Credit Valley Conservation Authority in Terra Cotta, Ontario, she turned her attention to a more focused, particular view of landscape. Her subsequent travels have taken her to the Alberta Badlands, the Manitoba Desert, the forests of British Columbia, as well as Stonehenge, Easter Island, and the American Southwest. Her landscape series have toured extensively in public galleries across Canada. The series “Sacred Ground” originated with the Royal Tyrell Museum of Paleontology and toured public museums and galleries in Alberta and Ontario. The series based on the Niagara Escarpment was featured in public galleries and museums in Ontario and Manitoba and completed its tour at the Justina Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, University of Toronto. The horse appeared as subject matter in her paintings following a landscape trip to Easter Island in 1993.
While sketching, she was repeatedly visited by herds of wild horses, which were the descendants of the ones brought to the island by the Spanish missionaries many years before. The horses embodied the untamed nature of the island, and it was this feeling that influenced her interest in capturing the wild spirit and strong physical presence of the horse. The recipient of eight provincial arts council awards, her work has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles and television interviews. As well as being featured in “Design Liaisons” in Style at Home magazine, her paintings are part of private and corporate collections both national and international in scope, including Tory, Tory, Deslauriers & Binnington, Lang Michener, Canadian Tire Acceptance Corporation, Robertson House, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Vancouver, and Standard & Poor’s Corporation.