Brenda Murphy2013 Artist
2013 Artwork for Sale
About the Artist
Brenda Murphy's love for the West is evident in her sensitively rendered drawings of horses, cowboys, and ranch life. She's a multi-award winning artist who achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Arlington then worked for years in graphic design and illustration. From this foundation she moved on to establish a career in fine art, exhibiting in Trailside Galleries, Settlers West Gallery, and Texas Art Gallery. Brenda has received numerous accolades for her artwork including the 2005 Patron's Choice Award at Western Visions, and the 2008 Patron's Choice Award at the National Cowgirl Museum's Heart of the West Show and Sale. She has been featured Art of the West, Southwest Art, and Western Horseman magazines.
What artist inspires you? Why?
I have a tough time pinning down one artist. Charlie Russell and Frederic Remington have inspired me since I was a little girl, and that inspiration remains with me today. Their paintings, drawings, and sculptures weave wonderful and honest stories of life and events in the West.
How do you come up with an idea for a new piece of artwork?
Most often the idea for a drawing or painting presents itself to me. My goal is to honestly and accurately capture life in the West as it is today. I prefer to remain in the background as an observer of the people, the animals, and what is happening around me, then go back to my studio and artfully capture those moments and personalities on paper or canvas.
Where is the most inspirational place you've visited lately?
A large family ranch, located in Palo Pinto, Texas is my greatest inspiration, and I visit on a regular basis. Three generations have maintained this beautiful working cattle ranch located in an area referred to as the top of the hill country, about 60 miles west of Fort Worth. Its terrain consists of cactus, rocks, hills, cliffs, and flat plateaus. There are beautiful views of the Brazos River which flows through it. I am awed by its beauty and history. Like so many ranches in this country, it continues to exist by the hard work, commitment, and savvy of the family entrusted to its care.