Richard Murphy was born in Jacksonville, Texas in 1947. He grew up in Houston, Texas, where his interest in art began at an early age.
“I remember as a kid going to the museum and being in awe at the great art there. The museum had a large Frederic Remington collection and I would stare at them until someone would tell me we had to go.”
In 1968, Murphy graduated with honors from the Texas Academy of Art and began his career as a commercial artist.
“My advertising background gave me some good work habits and countless hours of drawing and illustrating.”
Murphy spent most of his professional years in advertising and later taught art at the Art Institute of Houston.
“Teaching art was fun for awhile, but I got a little tired of it after a few years and wanted some new challenges.”
In 1986, Murphy moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to begin a career as a fine art painter.
“When I decided I wanted to be a painter, I studied artists from all over the United States and found that the Southwest had the best artists and the most inspiring landscapes anyone could hope for.”
Since that time, Richard Murphy has been showing in galleries throughout the Southwest. He has rapidly become one of the premier painters in the country. Constantly looking for new challenges; Murphy and his daughter, Tessa, now live part of the year in Mexico and part in Northern New Mexico.
“I find Mexico offers a lot to an artist. It is beautiful country with wonderful people-I love the time I spend there but I also love Northern New Mexico. I feel fortunate and very lucky to be able to spend time working in both places.”
Richard Murphy’s work is included in numerous private and corporate collections in the United States and abroad.