Born in Glasgow, John Lowrie Morrison OBE, who paints under the name Jolomo, studied at Glasgow School of Art and is one of Scotland’s most loved and successful artists. After giving up a teaching career to paint full time in 1997, John is best known for his paintings of the West of Scotland, filled with colour and passion. He has successfully exhibited in solo and mixed exhibitions in Scotland, England, Hong Kong and the USA. He donates a percentage of his sales to charity and makes significant donations of art work to charitable causes each year. He and his wife Maureen are Patrons of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers.
In 2005 John established The Jolomo Foundation, a charitable body aimed at promoting and encouraging the painting of the Scottish landscape. Through The Foundation, The Jolomo Bank of Scotland Awards were launched in 2006 and awarded in 2007, 2009 and 2011. The total prize money for the 2011 Awards was £35,000 making the Jolomo Bank of Scotland Awards the largest privately funded Arts Award in the UK.