Mary P. Murphyhas a studio in Barneveld, New York, the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. The natural beauty of the surrounding landscape inspires many of her works, which have been described as having a “beautifully felt poetry” and “imaginative use of color” by Syracuse artist Barbara Kellogg. Her website is marypmurphy.com.
Murphy is a signature member of the Central New York Watercolor Society (CNYWS) and has been recognized in regional shows with master status and awards. 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, she was chosen to videotape her first of three watercolor classes by the Craftsy Corporation where she now has over 10,000 online students. In 2016 through 2018, she was selected as artist in residence at Wiawaka on Lake George, New York. Several of her works are available at Cherry Branch Gallery, in Cherry Valley, New York.
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), and has served on several boards of her local arts institutions.
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 and won awards in the Tufts University sponsored art contest, “On Your Own Time.” Her work was selected in 1990 for the project’s national exhibition in Boston, Massachusetts.