Morris was born on January 22, 1959, in Dayton, Ohio. The artist began drawing at the age of five. He started by posing his brother for portraits on paper bags. Morris recalls the Art Instruction Schools TV series hosted by Norman Rockwell as an early influence. “He made people look real and that had quite an impact on me.” Morris prefers to draw and paint the human figure in all its complexities. He considers mastery of draftsmanship to be the greatest asset an artist can possess. The artist believes that drawing is the very foundation of painting.