I make pictures. Sometimes they are drawn, sometimes
painted, sometimes photographed. The method is less important than the message.
I am a full time visual artists from Alberta, Canada. Although
I was raised in the city, I spent as many of my weekends and holidays as
possible with relatives in the ranching areas of the province where a deep love
for western cultures and nature developed. Art was a major part of my life
then. It was rare to see me without a sketchbook or camera.
I studied photography in the late 1980’s but then spent 14
years working in the fibre arts. It is the drawings and photography I did then
that gave me the most pleasure and ultimately lead me to devote my practice to
those mediums. My textile work helped shape my ideas on the use of colour, shape,
and design in more abstract and symbolic terms.
Visual art is my journey where I explore the many aspects of
life. There is the beauty of people represented with spirit, grace, strength,
freedom and our connection to the land. The land filled with wonderment and
magnificence, shows us our own insignificance. Sometimes, it’s just about the
subtleness or simplicity of a beautiful thing, which we don’t acknowledge often
I try not to copy nature exactly, but a sentiment that will
allow you to connect with the represented spirit and create your own
interpretations. It is my hopes these works will create an emotional response
in you that goes beyond what is readily understood.
I find inspiration in the work of the impressionist’s,
especially those of Dutch and Russian heritage. In 2009 I was juried in as a
full member of the Alberta Society of Artists, which was an organization my
great, great uncle Frederick G. Cross was a founding member of. In 2014 I was
juried in as an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, and in
late 2014 as an active member of the Oil Painters of America. My work hangs in
private and public collections around the world.
You can view my paintings at RobertaMurray.ca and my
photography at Pictorialist Photo.
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parasited. If you share them credit me and link back to
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and reposting without my written permission.