The Paintings of John Morra: Full of Grace and Uplift

Nearly two decades ago, I attended a gallery opening with my then-boyfriend Sabin Howard.

Sabin introduced a slim, bright-eyed man with an elfin, perspicacious gleam. Sabin said, “John is a painter.” Sotto voce, to me alone, he added, “A good one.”

Rare words of praise from my discerning husband. Sabin evaluates other artists solely on the basis…