Artist Profile

Mary Murphy

Mediums: Pencil and Graphite, Painting, Drawing, Photography, Watercolor

Mary was born and raised on Detroit’s east side. She moved to Ann Arbor after graduating from University of Detroit Mercy. While working as a software designer, Mary began taking classes in photography, drawing, and painting – particularly watercolor. She began seriously studying art in Sept 2001. Mary enjoys graphite drawing; yet watercolor has always held a special appeal. She finds the translucency, softness, beauty and unpredictability of watercolor paintings totally captivating. It is a medium rich with both challenges and surprises.

Mary’s work often focuses on tranquility found in nature. Her painting style is strongly influenced by the Impressionists, particularly Monet and Van Gogh. She also loves to draw or paint the historic buildings in and around Ann Arbor.

Mary is a member of the National Watercolor Society, and Membership Chair of Ann Arbor Women Artists (AAWA) and 2016 co-chair of the juried AAWA POP-X installation.

Her award-winning works are held in private collections and have been included in numerous juried and open exhibits.

Watercolor, acrylics, pencil/graphite, photography

Artist Statement
My paintings search for and express the unbounding peace, beauty and mystery of nature. Art and nature are so very good for the mind and soul. My hope is that my works cause you to pause, take a breath, and smile at the little miracles all around.

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Art Pieces by This Artist

Colorado Grasses

Watercolor on Yupo

Size: 13.5" x 9.625"

Rainy Road to Bryson City


Size: 28.25" x 20.5"

Between a Rock and...


Size: 22" x 30"

Art Pieces Available For Sale by This Artist

Just Grazin\'


Size: 14.125" x 21.5"
Price: $300

Les Cheneaux Sunset ii (Les Cheneaux Is,, MI)

Watercolor on Yupo

Size: 10.6" x 13.5"
Price: $275

The Courtyard (UM Law Quad)


Size: 12" x 9"
Price: $250

Winter Sunset (North Territorial Road)


Size: 10.75" x 14.5"
Price: $400

On Ice


Size: 14" x 10"
Price: $650

Downtown Home and Garden


Size: 17" x 20"
Price: $400