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Lillie Morris

John Harpring

When native Georgian Lillie Morris isn’t at work capturing the essence of a Georgia waterway or Irish landscape in one of her paintings, she’s pursuing her passion for traditional Irish music and fiddle—studying and playing with some of today’s finest Irish fiddlers. The former nurse lives on a farm in rural Columbia County with her husband, Bill, their grand-dog, Bud, and two cats, Purrll and Strange.

My favorite way to spend a Saturday morning to myself is…

Since I’m retired from nursing every day feels like Saturday. I love my morning coffee, listening to my favorite Irish traditional musicians, working in my studio, playing my fiddle and (much as I hate to admit) checking in with friends on Facebook.

I’m inspired by...

Life! Inspiration is literally everywhere—as long as you’re open to it.

If I had to leave my house at a moment’s notice and could take only one personal possession it would be...

My fiddle.

If I could pick any two dinner companions, living or dead, they would be…

My grandparents (either set). My parents were in their 40s when I was born so I never had the privilege of knowing any of my grandparents. I’ve always felt I missed out on that special relationship that reflects who we are and where we came from.

The three things that inspire me most are…

If you’re talking about inspiration in reference to my artwork—nature amazes me, music stirs me and literary works often serve as an inspiration. I’m also in awe of people who are positive, creative and productive despite great adversity.

I love it when people…

Love me back.

The thing that challenges me most is…

Myself. I firmly believe that challenges equal opportunities so I almost dare myself to take on new ones whenever they come my way.


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