Teacher Leaves Lasting Impression on Wariner
by Rebecca Pierce
This month the country music favorite will be a part of three music-oriented exhibits at the Tennessee State Museum. Wariner’s Watercolors: Paintings by Steve Wariner will showcase his favorite paintings.
Growing up in an artistic family gave Wariner an early start in expressing his creativity, but it was his high school art teacher, Gordon Morrison, who took a chance on him and encouraged him to pursue art. “It is so very important for teachers to really encourage creativity in students. I can’t imagine not having Gordon in my life. My freshman year, he saw something in me and suggested I change my study hall so I could be in his class for two periods, which I did for four years. His class was one I couldn’t wait to get to. He ended up really trusting me too. Sometimes he would give me the keys to his car and tell me to go up to Potter’s Bridge, one of those old covered bridges, and paint,” Wariner explained.
“I’ve never done a proper arts show, so this is going to be great. I would give anything if Mr. Morrison was still around to come to my show.”
In September, Wariner released his newest album It Ain’t All Bad. “It isn’t great grammar, but it is great music,” he says.
Wariner’s Watercolors: Paintings by Steve Wariner will be on view October 11 through December 29 at the Tennessee State Museum. For information visit the museum’s website at www.tnmuseum.org.