Mary P. Murphy has a studio in Barneveld, NY, the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. The natural beauty of the surrounding landscape inspires many of her works, described by Syracuse artist Barbara Kellogg as having a “beautifully felt poetry” and “imaginative use of color.” Murphy’s works can be viewed at www.marypmurphy.com.
Murphy is a signature member of the Central New York Watercolor Society (CNYWS) and has been recognized in national shows, including the Adirondack National Exhibition of American Watercolors (Old Forge, NY) and the Cooperstown (NY) National Exhibition. In regional shows, she has attained master status and awards, including receiving Judge’s Choice Award at the CNYWS juried show in 2019 (and in previous years).
Murphy's ink and watercolor sketches were accepted by Art Students League for publication in "This Covid Life," a book of cartoons scheduled for publication in Fall 2020, and she was accepted for a solo show at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (delayed until 2021 because of the pandemic). View Art Center in Old Forge, NY invited her to a solo exhibition in the first quarter of 2018 -- “Mary P. Murphy Watercolors – from Still Life to Plein Air”-- and in November of the same year she was juried into the Conception Art exhibition in New York City.
In 2014, the Craftsy Corporation contracted with Murphy to videotape her first of three online video watercolor classes. Her online students now number well over 10,000. From 2016 through 2019, she was selected as artist in residence at Wiawaka on Lake George, NY.
After a successful career in corporate communications as a speechwriter, she is now dedicated to art full time. She is a popular art demonstrator (watercolor floral painting at Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institution Edward Root Sculpture Court in April 2018) and workshop leader (for View and CNYWS) and guest speaker (Utica Rotary, Rome’s Wednesday Morning Club).
Murphy has pursued art all her life, though she did not do so professionally until she retired from her role as a speechwriter for the IBM Corporation in 2013. Throughout her career at IBM, she pursued art as a hobby. In 1989 and 1990, she won awards in the Tufts University sponsored art contest, “On Your Own Time,” including being selected for the project’s national exhibition in Boston, MA in 1990. Her corporate/writing biography is available on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/commsmmurphy/.
From 2013 to 2016, she served on the Board of Directors for View in Old Forge, and she has also served on the boards of the Central New York Watercolor Society and the B Sharp Musical Club in Utica. She currently volunteers with her therapy dog Mickey at the Remsen Library (where children read to Mickey) and at St. Luke’s Hospital in Utica. Her Masters degree is in Communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY, and her BA is from the University at Albany. She has taught communication at the undergraduate and graduate levels for RPI and SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica.