Doug Gibb Morton was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1926. He enlisted in the Canadian Army for a short period of time. He then studied at the Winnipeg School, the University of Southern California, and the Art Centre School in Los Angeles. He also studied in Paris at L'Éole des Beaux Arts and in the studio of Andre L'Hôte. Finally he attended the Camberwell School of Art and in the studio of Martin Bloch, in London.
Morton and his wife returned to Canada, he became Curator of the Calgary Allied Arts Centre. He also held the position of Director of Visual Arts at the University of Saskatchewan.
In 1969 Morton joined the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University in Toronto as Chairman of the Visual Arts Department. Later he became Associate Dean and Director of the Graduate Master of Fine Arts Programme.
In 1980, Morton joined the University of Victoria as Dean of Fine Arts.
In 1986 he took sabbatical leave, and was appointed the first President of the Alberta College of Art in Calgary. Two years later he returned to the University of Victoria as Chairman of the Fine Arts Department.
Morton retired in 1992 and focused on his painting working in his personal studio.
Morton was a lifetime member and served on the Board of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
His works are part of the collections of major art galleries and institutions across Canada, including the National Gallery in Ottawa.
He died in 2004.