Mary Michaela Murray
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Artist Statement & Biography
Color moves me, and at once, arrests me — a sunny lemon on a cool blue tabletop; a punch of pink alongside a gray vase; a patch of grass jumping from the purple shadows. These things compel me to stop, to take notice. I paint to recapture these moments.

Freely interpreting what is before me, I tilt planes, jack colors, skew perspectives.

It is not about mirroring what I see but sharing the pleasure I have in looking and lingering.
As a mother of three, Mary Michaela Murray spent many years yearning for time to paint, dreaming of studio space, wishing that baseball games, laundry, and homework could be foregone. Finally, with her sons lives launched, she has focused her time, energy, and resources on painting. Mary has studied with Jessie Coles, Richard Crozier, Liz Geiger, Rick Weaver, Isabelle Abbot and Laura Loe. In the last 3 years, she has shown her work in
9 group and 2 solo shows.
Artist StatementColor moves me, and at once, arrests me — a sunny lemon on a cool blue tabletop; a punch of pink alongside a gray vase; a patch of grass jumping from the purple shadows. These things compel me to stop, to take notice. I paint to recapture these moments.

Freely interpreting what is before me, I tilt planes, jack colors, skew perspectives.

It is not about mirroring what I see but sharing the pleasure I have in looking and lingering.
Artist BiographyAs a mother of three, Mary Michaela Murray spent many years yearning for time to paint, dreaming of studio space, wishing that baseball games, laundry, and homework could be foregone. Finally, with her sons lives launched, she has focused her time, energy, and resources on painting. Mary has studied with Jessie Coles, Richard Crozier, Liz Geiger, Rick Weaver, Isabelle Abbot and Laura Loe. In the last 3 years, she has shown her work in
9 group and 2 solo shows.
Education
University of Virginia|Graduated
What I Love Doing
I have come to see that I am very much like my paternal grandmother in that I love to feed people — showing my love by chopping, stirring, and whisking. Sourcing local foods, learning about the farmers, growers, and makers, drinking in the beauty of a basket of fresh vegetables, breathing in the scents of the garden — these things bring me joy.

Outside the kitchen, I love to walk, swim, spend time with friends and family, view art, listen to music, read, and make stuff.
What I Find Beautiful
I find beauty in so many things, in so many faces. I feel, see, sense beauty in every day items, in the meeting of light and shadow, in the deep creases of my mother’s face. What I don’t find beautiful might be easier to answer — hate, violence, racism, injustice.
My Favorite Memory
Many of my favorite memories are with my grandmother, who felt content to patter about the kitchen making soup, smelling a handful of herbs, sipping tea in the afternoon sun.
My Favorite Art Style
As a teenager, I would ride the bus from the suburbs of Washington, DC to visit the National Gallery. I had my favorite paintings, mostly the impressionist ones. One day while meandering through the newly built East Wing, my world cracked open when I came upon a floor to ceiling Rothko painting. Color, color, color.

Today, I appreciate all kinds of art. I like to hear and read about the artists’ process, to discover their inspirations, their struggles, and to learn what drives their processes.
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