Erin Murray

I have been immersed in art my entire life.  I can’t remember a time I didn’t have paper and paint or other materials to express what was in my heart and mind.  When it came time, I studied Fine Art and Illustration at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

I lived in Japan from the time I was 14 months old until I turned eleven.  I have so many memories of places — parks, shops, shrines, restaurants, homes — where wood block prints, kimonos, obis, ceramics, food, and more were prominent and artfully displayed. The emphasis the Japanese place on art is everywhere in their culture.  Art is a vital part of their everyday lives — their artists are even described as “National Treasures.”  I find Japan still influences and inspires me.

Moving to our ever changing, beautiful mountain home of Idyllwild has added another layer of appreciation and inspiration.

Art helps me through life.  I find it soul-saving.  When I paint or create I feel connected to something more, and I love the feeling of energy flowing through me into whatever it is that materializes — an expression of love and trust.  I especially enjoy making things for other people — my favorite pieces are the ones I give away.  I am also extremely sensitive about my work and who I am as a person.  I do not like a lot of attention and as much as I enjoy expressing myself through artistic avenues, I am deeply affected by the comments of others, so it is very difficult for me to talk about my creativity and views.  I live my life through intuition and I think my art comes from that part of me, along with my esthetic views and love for the beauty in the world.  Finding the beauty in all the ugly is a beautiful thing in itself

"Giving"

“Giving”

"Giving" Close-up

“Giving” Close-up