Name: Paul Murray, M-PSA
Bio: New Mexico artist Paul Murray is primarily a studio artist. Most of his work is carefully crafted and time-intensive. However he also states that the experience and knowledge gained by painting en plein air is priceless.
While Paul is not primarily a teaching artist, he feels it’s a responsibility of all professionals to pass on what they have learned by teaching their particular styles and techniques. He has taught three or four classes a year for the last decade. His classes usually include sessions in monochrome (for value), exaggerated colour (for emotion) and constant attention to compositional and emotional solutions. Paul’s inspiration is drawn from unusual sources. He is a big fan of the Abstract Expressionists, particularly Mark Rothko and Franz Kline.
Paul is a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) Master Circle, and was also elected a Master Pastellist in the Pastel Society of America in 2009. He is one of only a handful of pastel artists in the world who have been honored by both societies in this way. Paul as also won Best-of-Show in both the IAPS Biennial competition (2001) and the Pastel 100 (2006). To date he has won eight Best-of-Show awards ranging from local to international competitions. Apart from private collectors, Paul’s work is also to be found in the US State Department, Sun Health Care, Corporate collection NM State Fair Fine Arts Gallery, and the Permanent Collection City of Albuquerque Public Art Collection.
Medium: Pastel; oil; acrylic
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