Lives and works in Riverside, RI

Born and raised in rural Plympton on the South Shore of Massachusetts, Karen Murphy is a self taught fine arts painter. Her work is inspired by American Tonalist painters of the 19th century and her subjects are typically peaceful landscapes that bring the artist a feeling of calm. “My paintings have muted colors and soft contours that evoke a quiet, contemplative mood. My goal is to awaken feelings of nostalgia and to harmonize nature and man” says Murphy. 

Murphy’s approach to oil painting reflects a combination of formal art instruction, study of art history and years of experience gained behind the easel. Her process includes being on location and then either sketching or painting small studies to be brought back to the studio. Then the artist uses the visual information collected along with her feelings and memories, to create a painted transcription of her response to nature. The result is not a detailed rendering of the location, but a more generalized scene that allows for a greater scope of the imagination and thus connecting the viewer to the very location that inspired Murphy to paint the piece.


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