Doug Morris was born in 1949 in Bradford, Pennsylvania and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He studied life drawing at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Morris has worked with the well-known portrait artist, Alex Fournier, and shared a studio with New York illustrator, Kenneth Duey. He illustrated the children's books, A New Look at the Pilgrims and The Black Duck, published in 1976 by Walker Publishing of New York. He also created book jackets for Houghton Mifflin in the same era.
Although most of Morris' previous work has been realistic, his recent work merges abstraction with realism. The artist provokes himself to work out all of the details to represent reality, solving all light and perspective problems to give his work a dimension beyond mere composition.
Morris' work can be found in many private and corporate collections, including Paramount Studios, National Medical Enterprises, IBM, Bank of American, Reliance National, and Giant Industries. He has also exhibited at the famous International Book and Print Fair in Frankfurt, Germany.