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Emmett Murphy *

A limestone bridge reflected its brick lined arches in the waters of the Chicques creek. It was lazy on its way through the pastures near Mt.Joy, PA. Two tall pine trees balanced the composition; their shadows were softened by a turpentine dampened rag. Every oil painter knows. Linneas Longenecker's Saturday morning plein air oil painting class. Nineteen-hundred-fifty-something-or-other; just a kid working beside older women looking for something to do for the weekend...

A year or two later:

Sea gulls circled the masts. One looked for the perfect place to land. Swish. With three small deft brush strokes and it was permanently perched on the hand knotted ochre fishing nets of a Gloucester harbor dragger. I was mesmerized watching Emile Gruppe put the finishing touches on a New England coastal oil painting masterpiece while on a summer vacation camping trip. Motif Number One was waiting in the foggy distance for me the next morning. I returned the next year to be the 'errand boy' for the owner of a Beverly, MA tourist house hoping to get down to the harbor for more lessons.

The following year:

A small tattered piece of linen kitchen tablecloth, with small holes, was meticulously darned by the artist's grandmother. He (it may have been Joseph Cornell) stitched it to a canvas and signed his name. Her portrait. Exactly. To be contemplated; for sure. What was James McNeill Whistler thinking?
I looked back to see if others were awestruck by the eloquent simplicity. I looked over. I looked down. There was too much to see. Is this what Frank Lloyd Wright had in mind for the Guggenheims when we visited a couple of months after it opened?


Thanks for visiting my website! I always look forward to hearing what inspires you.

Education and Past Work Experience
Current work
Oil and watercolor still lives of fruit, vegetables, and flowers are arranged in an implied surreal composition. Landscapes in oil and watercolor are based on frequent trips to Alaska, Montana, and Yellowstone along with work in the nearby Adirondack, Berkshire and Green mountains.
Continue to explore the possibilities of cast glass, carved and painted wood, and interactive multimedia constructions including manipulated digital photography.

God created man in His own image; what man creates is in his. The possibility of helping another person to widen their creative vision is a source of inspiration.

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* I am currently exploring the idea of painting and printing digital photos and text on kraft paper bags to be used as luminaries for an installation.
Original oil paintings and watercolors by Emmett Murphy J. posted biweekly.
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