My art, like my art making practice is about discovery. The alluring push and pull of wet pigment on the surface, the intermingling of colors joining to make new hues in an ever-changing kaleidoscope of shapes and textures. Gently nudging the chaos is exciting and keeps me motivated to make art. Each piece provides unique challenges. Those challenges open the door to my inner world and help me understand more about myself and my relationship to the outer world.
The resulting images from my practice often have aquatic themes. Water has been a big part of my life and those memories come back again and again. Often my audience tell me they sense a spiritual element in my work, and they feel the works are meditative. I love that my audience senses that and it reminds me of our connectedness.
Linda Murray is a water media artist living in West Gardiner, Maine. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibits throughout New England and abroad, including the Arnold Arboretum, Boston, Ma; The Charles Danforth Gallery at the University of Maine, Augusta, Maine; The Zullo Gallery, Medfield, Massachusetts; Bowdoin Colleges Smith Union, Brunswick, Maine; Aucocisco Gallery, Portland, Maine; Qasimsabti Gallery, Baghdad, Iraq and The Djiboutian Arts Institute/Institut Francais-Arthur Rimbaud, Djibouti City, Djibouti, Africa. She is represented by Art Space Gallery in Rockland, Maine, and Edgecomb Potters in Edgecomb, Portland, Bar Harbor, Me. Murray’s work is held in private and public collections in the United States and United Kingdom including the University of Maine in Augusta and the Cocheco Falls Millworks, Dover, New Hampshire. Linda has received many awards including second place in the New England Watercolor Society’s regional juried exhibit in 2011 and the Mary Jo Rines Award for Innovation in the New England Watercolor Society’s open juried show in 2018. She is a signature member of the New England Watercolor Society.
Murray has a B.A. in studio art from the University of Maine in Augusta, Maine. In 2001 she raised the funds to bring the Arts for the Parks to the University of Maine at Augusta. This marked the first time this traveling exhibit, supported by the National Park Service, had traveled to Maine. Her artwork has been featured in publications such as Models, Numbers and Cases, Still Point Arts Quarterly and Painting and Painting in Acrylics The Indispensable Guide.
Murray teaches art in public and private venues and was awarded Enrichment Teacher of the Year by the Merrymeeting Adult Educational System in 2010. In 2004 she served as the first executive director of the non-profit Harlow Gallery located in Hallowell, Maine.
To see more of Linda’s work, you may visit www.artbytheriver.com