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Morris Rippel

Spirits of the Basketmakers, Egg tempera on board, 18" x 30"©


Watercolorist Morris Rippel was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1930. Ripple worked as a registered architect until 1967 when he decided to devote himself full-time to painting.

Rippel paints the southwest often studying a subject for years before painting it so that he can express a familiarity and personal involvement with the subject. The artist enjoys conveying the heritage of his home state of New Mexico in his work.

Mostly self-taught, Ripple has found enormous success. His exhibitions include the New Mexico Art Museum and The American Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition. His work is in the collections of the Diamond Art Museum, The Denver Art Museum, Eiteljorg Collection, and the Valley National Bank in Phoenix as well as several private collections in the United States.

Source: “40 Watercolorists and How They Work” by Susan E. Meyer, Watson-Guptill Publications, available online from .






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