Salter Point painter, 91, holds his first exhibition at Peter Arney Care Centre

Art for the ages: Salter Point painter William Morrison has held his first exhibition at the age of 91.
Art for the ages: Salter Point painter William Morrison has held his first exhibition at the age of 91.

WILLIAM Morrison turned 91 on July 31, just days after his first exhibition of paintings opened.

Mr Morrison lives at the Peter Arney Care Centre in Salter Point, where the exhibition was open to residents, staff and families passing by from Thursday until yesterday.

“It’s something that has been in the back of my mind for a while, I wasn’t sure if everyone here would think it was a good idea but thankfully they do.

“I have been painting for 12 years and all that work forms the exhibition.

“I painted with my teacher Lee Baille for about eight or nine years and we got on well together.

“Painting is quite an absorbing experience and I like to be creative and I’m quite fond of abstract paintings.”

The exhibition included 40 pieces of artwork, some of which will be donated to Amana Living’s head office.

Amana Living service manager Diane Winship said Mr Morrison was extremely talented and his paintings were amazing.

“His passion and ongoing commitment to art just goes to show that age isn’t a barrier to pursuing the things you love,” she said.

Mr Morrison was born in Scotland and lived there before joining the British Army as an 18-year-old and serving with the Royal Artillery.

When he left the army, he settled in London and worked as an executive for the Pearsons Publishing Group in the area of marketing and advertising.

He was influenced by his sister Alice, who was a sculptor and moved to Perth in 2007.