Artist Murphy Trogdon Ayala finds inspiration for her work through patterns in nature that are only seen with a patient eye. Murphy works exclusively in oils, which allow her to layer color and depth. A feeling of serenity pervades Murphy’s work, most reflected in her popular collection of birds’ nest paintings and low country marshes.
Formally trained as an architect, Murphy practiced for ten years with Little Diversified Architectural Consulting in Charlotte, where she was a partner. She gravitated toward the illustration side of that business before pursuing her development as an artist. Murphy began painting in 2006 and regularly participates in workshops with nationally recognized artists including Stephen Early, Peggy-Kroll Roberts, Jim Richards and Colin Page. Murphy paints in and out of her studio in Raleigh, NC, recently pushing herself to do more plein aire work and attempting to complete one small painting (life permitting) every day. Painting small and often in this expressive style forces her to paint more intuitively, finding what is essential and what is not. She finds that often a suggestion of a mark makes for more drama and sensitivity than a belabored detail. To challenge herself to shift her focus from her preconceptions of her subject, she sometimes paints an entire painting upside down, allowing her to explore the abstract shapes and colors she sees.