“In 2003 I stopped sculpting. In October of that year, my wife died of cancer and for a long time I lost my will to do anything. Sometimes tragedy or difficult circumstances take hold of us and for a time we feel as if we are in a nightmare that we are begging to wake from With time and reflection, I knew I would see my wife again someday, which allowed my spirit and my creativity to awaken."
Jack Morford passed away in February of 2015 at the age of 75 after a life long art career. He grew up in Saginaw, Michigan, the third child of four. After high school, Jack attended The Art Institute of Chicago. He later studied art again at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, and completed a Master of Fine Arts Degree at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California. Jack has spent a lifetime participating in juried shows, art fairs, being represented by galleries, as well as commissioning work.
He describes his art in his own words:
"My works are primarily figurative and whimsical with some playing on a subtle scene of sarcasm. My ideas are sparked simply by a nuance, by how a person is standing, or by a gesture that someone makes. I am able to build from that one instance a more elaborate image. As I form the piece, I add to it ideas that grow out of a process of free thinking, dredging up goo from my subconscious, but it always begins with the intrigue of the form.
"Over the years, as I have sharpened my own artistic voice, I have learned to see how it connects with the viewer. At art fairs, as crowds of people pass by booth after booth with stony, expressionless faces, I witness a countenance change when they approach my booth. Their expressions transform to a lighter mood; an act of engagement. What's different about mine? Perhaps they recognize their own experience or perspective on life. Perhaps they see something entirely new and appreciate the out-of-the-box view I lend them. That's why I enjoy creating whimsically abstract pieces, to give a touch of the real world, while at the same time taking them out of it and into their imagination and dreams."