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. She is a signature member of the Central New York Watercolor Society (CNYWS) and has been recognized in national and regional shows with master status and awards
Most recently she’s been juried into The Art Students League New York City exhibition, “At the Table,” (2021); The Cooperstown National Juried Exhibition where she was given an award of merit (2021); The Art Students League comic book competition, This Quarantine Life Comics Anthology (2020); Adirondack National Exhibition of American Watercolors (ANEAW) and the Cooperstown National Art Show (2019), and she received the Judge’s Choice Award at the 2019 CNYWS juried exhibition. In 2018, 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 August of 2021, a collection of oils and watercolors were shown at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake, NY.
After a 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 (Cazenovia Watercolor Society, 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. 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.