Born in Glasgow, Morrison studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1950-54. He first visited the east-coast fishing village of Catterline in 1955 and moved there in 1957. He taught at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee from 1965 and settled in Montrose that year. He spent more than sixty years painting the landscape. Apart from painting in the Montrose area, he made annual summer trips to Achiltibuie on the west coast and one-off trips to Skye, Mull, the Borders, Arisaig, Paris and multiple other locations in France, Saskatchewan and elsewhere. Beginning in 1990 he made trips to the Arctic, leading to an exhibition at the Talbot Rice Art Gallery, Edinburgh, in 1995. A naturally gifted speaker on art, he became well known for his broadcasts on television and radio.