EXHIBIT DESCRIPTION: Susan Avis Murphy has been painting in watercolor for more than 40 years, yet she continues to be challenged and stimulated by the process of exploring and discovering the unique properties of each pigment and how it behaves in this transparent aqueous medium. Throughout her career, the Maryland artist has focused on a vast array of subject matter and her painting style has continued to evolve. Murphy has employed traditional watercolor techniques striving to achieve a realistic depiction of her subjects, she developed a unique “rivulet method” by lifting and glazing over washes of raw umber to produce subtle sepia-toned results, and most recently has used large patches of color to create semi-abstracted works where her subjects come into focus when viewed at a distance.
Murphy, a native of Connecticut, earned a BS in Biology and Anthropology from Syracuse University and worked for 15 years in the field of medical research at institutions which include the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. She moved to Maryland in 1979 and began painting full time after her husband, Marco Colombini, became a professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 1990 Murphy established her studio practice in Sandy Spring, MD. Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally and is held in numerous corporate collections which include General Motors, the Kresge Foundation, Quaker Oats, and the FDIC. Murphy is a signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society and was elected to signature membership in the American Watercolor Society in 2012 and the National Watercolor Society in 2013.
To learn more about the artist, please visit her website: www.arthouseart.com