April Murphy

Blue Dog meets Far Side … would be a good description. My art is whimsical and fun. Sometimes it will make you laugh out loud and sometimes you will smile inside. But it will always make you feel good. 713-816-2877 www.aprilmurphy.com

 

 


A little pretext …

The very first and last art class I took in school was in the seventh grade where I was awarded a C for my efforts… I didn’t follow directions well…always embellishing my artwork and wandering out beyond the scope of the project. After that experience, I wiped my hands of art in school. My mom began searching for another creative outlet for me (bless my mom for that 🙂 She discovered that a woman in our neighborhood taught oil painting lessons at the local YMCA. I began taking classes from her and was captivated immediately. Ann Brightwell was an excellent mentor for several years, and to this day, I am thankful for the foundation in technique she taught me. Oddly enough, as much as I loved to paint, I never thought of it as a career path. That “starving artist” thing, I guess.

So, I put my passion for the easel on the back burner and concentrated on graphic design. I got a degree in commercial art and hit the street looking to make my way in the advertising industry.. For the next 25 years, I climbed the marketing & design ladder, experimented with a wide range of industries and enjoyed every rung of it. And then…

A Bad Economy, Thankfully, Hands Me a Pink Slip…

In 2009, I was working as a marketing/design consultant for a large bank and was laid off. A few weeks later, I had an acute appendicitis attack that landed me in the hospital for five days. While that might sound like a pair of pretty negative things, it turned out to be the best thing EVER. Those two events slowed me down enough to think about what I really wanted to do with my life. I hadn’t picked up a paintbrush in 25 years, but my husband took a photo of our cats one day, and I absolutely loved the composition. Immediately, I had a vision in my head involving bright colors and sharp contrasts. That photo, the lay-off and my yucky appendix set everything in motion… 200+ paintings later, I am loving my day job and am so thankful that I can make a living doing what I love most.

I adore animals and always have some array of dogs and cats underfoot. They are a constant source of amusement and keep me laughing all the time. To be able to combine my love for animals and the easel is my perfect job! I love injecting humor and whimsy into my work and it is such a thrill when I see others smiling or even laughing out loud at my paintings.

When I was in college, I was captivated by a painting at a nearby art museum: “The River Seine at Chatou” by Andre Derain. I would go and sit in front of it every week. Something about the colors…It JUST made me feel good. No matter what my mood, when I looked at it, I smiled. When I left, I felt happy. My goal as an artist is to do for others what Derain did for me…to lighten a mood and bring a smile….a pretty top-knotch way to make a living in my book!