Artist Barbara Murphy

Artist Barbara Murphy

Living and recreating in the Gorge and Baja provides me with endless possibilities.  As
an avid mountain biker, kite boarder and hiker, I am immersed in the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Everywhere I turn, I see incredible and diverse vistas. 

It’s important to my paintings that I get outside everyday, usually to bike or kiteboard.
— Barbara Murphy

Biking in Baja, Mexico

Kiting in Baja, Mexico

Kiting in Baja, Mexico

 

In the studio, my goal is to recreate my impression of a place and time.  I use a photo as reference, but  like to push the play on light, motion and shadows to bring even more depth to the scene. I add details a camera fails to capture.  I strive to expose unexpected color in nature and create a mood. Whether it's just before sunset, windy or crispy cold, I want you to feel that in my work. 

I've been an artist my whole life. I first felt the challenge of it in an art class in second grade. Growing up in New York, I was influenced by the impressionistic masters. Van Gogh undoes me. Yes, I went to art school and became a graphic designer. The brushes were set aside. Then came family….and life. 

16 years ago on the Columbia River, I was struck by another windsurfer on an otherwise unremarkable day. It was critical and life threatening. The bone shattering blow was on one side of my head and there wasn’t much left. I ultimately required 6 reconstructive surgeries. Sustaining injuries of that magnitude resulted in spiritual assistance, and in that space, I was guided to paint again.

The work just flows from me now. I’m addicted. I love that people want to own my art. I feel I'm doing what I'm meant to do, and that makes me happy.