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Artist Abby Howard Murphy


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Biography


This award-winning northeast Florida artist developed a love of place and an appreciation for natural wonders as a child with some inspiration from an adventurous travel agent mother, a creative DIY father and an artist babysitter.  
 
Abby received her B.A. from the School of International Service at The American University with a minor in Environmental Studies, specializing in marine biology, limnology and law of the sea; interned for the International Institute for Environment and Development; created an illustrated guide to dune plants of the Turks and Caicos Islands on site; and painted scenery for the Connecticut Repertory Theater-Nutmeg Summer Series.  
 
Primarily self-taught, her perspective and subject matter continued to develop during a professional career focused on the environment: addressing hazardous waste at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; consulting for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Everglades restoration; launching the University of North Florida Environmental Center; educating youth and adults on the St. Johns River with SJRWMD; and assisting the North Florida Land Trust preserve special places for generations.  While a banking executive, she developed themed designs, created murals for non-profit causes and continued winning regional awards for her paintings.  
  
Working primarily in oil or acrylic, vibrant seascapes, skyscapes and forests are often inspired by her own photography or explorations.  Abby’s vibrant colors and play of light on clouds and water celebrate  natural vistas and champion iconic places.  Occasionally, she captures a child entranced at the water’s edge … as she still is. 
  
Ms. Murphy is a member of Florida Artists Group, Pines & Palms -the Georgia-Florida Artist Association, Plein Air South, First Coast Plein Air Painters, the Saint Augustine Art Association, Jacksonville Coalition for the Visual Arts and Jax Urban Sketchers.  She participates in regional plein air events and her work has been featured at the J. Gregory Fine Art Gallery and [...]

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