'Still Life with Daises' by Norma Murphy
The Art Cellar Gallery will be presenting the paintings of well-known North Carolina artist Norma Murphy in an exhibition, "Woman in the Works," running Aug. 1 to 24.
According to The Art Cellar
, the show features a body of work that highlights the feminine attitude, with the artist's own aesthetic and personality at the core of her
works in watercolors, oil paintings and acrylic collage works on canvas, from tea scenes and florals to landscapes, each with her
distinctive style and interpretation.
Much of Murphy's works reflect her
interest in the impressionist masters and other artists who inspire her
, such as Matisse, Van Gogh and Picasso.
Known for her
ladies at tea, sewing circles and other social scenes, Murphy
inspiration from a childhood of solitude, which made her
feel "nurtured," she
grew up playing outside in the woods and creeks of the Blue Ridge Mountains, dreaming of ladies in flowery dresses.
would thumb through Sears Roebuck catalogues and cut out figures and outfits, making up games and outside adventures.
Having painted for more than 50 years, Murphy
has developed a deeper appreciation of life and art and the way the two can play off each other.
uses the canvas as a diary, in which she
stories in hopes of creating a timeless piece of art, saying, "I have survived life's little struggles so far because I have found in art escape, exploration, joy, solitude, companionship, confidence and growth."
An alumna of historic Berea College in Kentucky, she also received a bachelor of fine art degree from Appalachian State University.
has studied art all her
life through focusing on specific styles and periods and visiting major art exhibitions of the many artists who have influenced her
has won several awards and has been published in magazines, such as All About Women.
recently presented a one-day painting workshop in Raleigh at the North Carolina Museum of Art
"Come experience the work of the popular and accomplished artist and join us in celebrating Norma Murphy's
work," Brown said.