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Kelly Murray


Kelly Murray

April 1 – June 30, 2021

Kelly Murray

Biography & Artist Statement

Stead-based visual artist, Kelly Murray works with watercolours, alcohol ink, and acrylic on paper and canvas. The movement of water has a tranquil feeling to the artist, and she harbors the moments in Manitoba landscape paintings.  Murray wants to draw the viewer into her paintings figuratively so that they can sense serenity in their own lives.

Nature’s peacefulness restores my soul.  “Fluidity” is my series of paintings that expresses sanctuary to me. The beauty of creation brings tranquility which ebbs and flows through my life. In my landscape paintings I am stopping moments in time but maintaining flexibility in movement of the water. I preserve memories while the fluidity of time moves us all forward.  In my paintings I can return to those moments to find sanctuary when my life flows too fast. 

I like the flow of patterning in nature and reproduce it while simplifying and strengthening the patterns. The patterns in nature provide consistency and comfort to me. Through painting I access this sense of serenity.


Studio Tour & Artistic Questionnaire

Can you describe your daily/weekly art practice?

Primarily I devote my time to my craft on weekends and the occasional Monday due to my schedule.  I search for the source of the image I am going to re-produce either live or via photo; prepare my tools; make sure I have an ample supply of materials that are needed and sit down to create.

What is your favourite part about your studio?

Two part answer here:  the size of my space and the wall color. Once restrictions are lifted I can invite a friend to join me doing something we both love, for now I just spread out.  The wall color is purple, my favorite color and it brings me joy.

What are your creative goals?

To challenge myself and constantly work at improving my skill.  I’ve only been using watercolour for 1 year now so the use of tools and methods is still something I am expanding. I will continue to create paintings in series for upcoming exhibitions.

Artist Conversation Series: Kelly Murray and Dana Kletke


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17 entries.
Shelley wrote on June 4, 2021 at 5:14 pm
Kelly, you have invoked the mood beautifully in your paintings, each in its unique way. My favourites are Moonlight Serenade and Frozen Solitude.
Ruth Wareham wrote on May 30, 2021 at 9:24 am
Enjoyed your Art Exhibition.
Joy Dell wrote on May 7, 2021 at 2:03 pm
Lovely work!
Jean Mackie wrote on May 7, 2021 at 11:57 am
I loved looking at your work and listening to your description of how you have expanded your creativity with many different types of mediums. You are very talented.
Rachelle Reimer wrote on April 28, 2021 at 2:43 pm
I love your work, especially "Moonlight Serenade". Keep up the great work. May you always be inspired.
Lauren Murray wrote on April 21, 2021 at 9:05 pm
Beautiful work! Peaceful Awakening is my personal favourite. I love the peace of nature too - must be a family trait. So proud of you!
Nicole Reimer wrote on April 21, 2021 at 8:37 pm
Amazing work! Connor and I had a good time talking about your paintings
Lorraine Reimer wrote on April 21, 2021 at 6:38 pm
Lovely work, Kelly! Tranquility is a very good word to describe the scenes you are portraying. I look forward to seeing more of your paintings.
dawn wrote on April 21, 2021 at 6:31 pm
"Peaceful Awakening" - you nailed it!
Brenda McKenzie wrote on April 16, 2021 at 12:53 pm
Great way to view all the works produced without a time limit or crowding . Beautiful and thought provoking pieces.
Joan Moore. wrote on April 13, 2021 at 1:59 pm
Beautiful work Kelly. So proud of you. Keep up the good work.
Patsy wrote on April 7, 2021 at 8:28 am
Love these. Each piece pulls the viewer in to its serenity!
Leah wrote on April 6, 2021 at 9:19 am
Congratulations Kelly! These pieces are lovely. I like how you show so many different perspectives of tranquil water.
Mary Ann wrote on April 5, 2021 at 9:57 am
Beautiful and peaceful.
Kelly klick wrote on April 4, 2021 at 7:54 pm
I can see and feel how much you love your natural world. Your paintings provide a sense of belonging that many covet.
Holly wrote on April 1, 2021 at 5:13 pm
Your work is very calming. Thank you.
Leslie wrote on March 31, 2021 at 7:50 pm
Kelly, your work provides me with the same tranquility you feel as an artist. I feel hopeful, too when I look at your artwork. I am especially drawn to the cave and rocks; I can hear the water flowing and the tinny sounds echoing off their surfaces. Congrats! Nice work.