John Lowrie Morrison received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the West of Scotland at its graduation ceremony on Thursday 20 November 2008 at Coats Memorial Baptist Church, Paisley.

John Lowrie Morrison, better known as Jolomo, was born in Glasgow in 1948 and educated at Hyndland Secondary School, before studying at the Glasgow School of Art from 1967 -1971.

During his career John Lowrie Morrison has made a significant contribution to education in Scotland, holding a number of teaching posts as well as being involved in Standard Grade Development and the Higher Still Advisory Panel at the Scottish Office.

Following his decision in 1997 to dedicate his time fully to painting, John Lowrie Morrison’s output has been prodigious, producing over a thousand paintings a year, to fulfil a punishing exhibition schedule in galleries throughout the United Kingdom and more recently, abroad.

His devotion to landscape painting led to the creation of the Jolomo Lloyds TSB Scotland prize in 2006 for new or emerging landscape painters which he hopes will encourage a revival of interest in the genre.

In 2007 John Lowrie Morrison was commissioned by First Minister Rt. Hon Alex Salmond and Mrs Moira Salmond to paint an image of Linlithgow Palace for their official Christmas Card.

Professor Seamus McDaid, Principal and Vice Chancellor of University of the West of Scotland said: “We were delighted to award John Lowrie Morrison with an Honorary Doctorate. He has made a significant contribution to Scottish culture and is a fitting recipient of this honour.”