Colorado Wildflowers, acrylic & watercolor on canvas, 20" x 24", 2013
Joseph Murray was born and raised in Northeast Iowa and has "deep roots in Iowa's culture and rural beauty." While studying Business Marketing at the University of Northern Iowa in the late 1960s, he was required to take a two hour elective course in Art. Murray was encouraged to take additional painting and drawing classes with John Delafield and Ferge Echevvera, and he continued to advance his skills by drawing and painting at home. Twenty-five years later he decided to show his work to the public.
Murray became a full-time artist in 2000 at the age of 55. He converted a horse barn into a studio/gallery, known as Wayuga Art Studio, and never looked back. Murray uses gallery wrap watercolor canvas and applies watercolor and acrylic paint in separate layers in order to capture the unique qualities of each type of paint. His images center around a belief system that we all seek an environment that represents serenity.
Murray has had solo art shows in Sioux City, Ames, Des Moines, Marshalltown, Grinnell, Jefferson, Newton, and Humboldt, Iowa. He has been published in The Iowan Magazine, Art Scene Publication, Sculptural Pursuit Magazine, and many newspapers across Iowa. Murray lives and paints in Jefferson, Iowa.
"My art images center on 'Rural Culture' that reflects serenity--places or objects that can regenerate the soul, reduce stress, and encourage relaxation--accomplished by a style of representational impressionism."--Joseph Murray
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