Artist Jan Murphy

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Jan Murphy was born in Palo Alto, California, and now lives a mile away in Menlo Park with her photographer husband, Ed. Raised by an award-winning architect dad and a mom who loved interior design, Jan spent a childhood awash with creativity and inspiration. Jan is one of the lucky ones who has always known that her path would be in art. She credits her parents with creating an environment that fostered exploration in the arts.Jan Murphy received her BA in Design from UCLA. Her impetus for attending UCLA was to attend a university with a world-class art department and to receive a liberal arts background. “It’s important, as an artist and designer, to understand other disciplines.” Jan states. Upon graduation, Jan was hired by her professor, Joe Molloy, an acclaimed graphic designer.The light in Los Angeles captivated Jan. To this day, she believes that there is no light like that of Southern California. But she was anxious to return to her Northern California roots. Jan moved back to Palo Alto where she raised her two daughters.Education and training in the arts has always been important to Jan. She has taken many courses through Continuing Studies at Stanford University.Jan Murphy’s professional career includes being a successful graphic designer, art director and design consultant for corporate and nonprofit companies. Her background in design shows in her painting style. She has exhibited her paintings widely and has collectors throughout the U.S.Jan is the author of “Beginning Oil: Tips and Techniques for Learning to Paint in Oil”, published by Quarto Publishing Group, 2017. She is a contributing author to a second book “Artist’s Toolbox: Color”, also published by Quarto in 2017.

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