Abby Howard Murphy


This award-winning northeast Florida artist developed a love of place and an appreciation for natural wonders as a child with some inspiration from an adventurous travel agent mother, a creative DIY father and an artist babysitter. Abby received her B.A. from the School of International Service at The American University with a minor in Environmental Studies specializing in marine biology, limnology and law of the sea; interned for the International Institute for Environment and Development; created an illustrated guide to dune plants of the Turks and Caicos Islands; and painted scenery for the Connecticut Repertory Theater-Nutmeg Summer Series. Her perspective and subject matter continued to develop during a professional career addressing hazardous waste at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; consulting for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Everglades restoration; launching the University of North Florida Environmental Center; educating youth and adults on the St. Johns River with SJRWMD; and assisting the North Florida Land Trust preserve special places for generations. While a banking executive, she applied her craft to customer and associate events and her paintings began receiving regional awards. Now an artist full-time, she is featured at the J. Gregory Fine Art and La Venture Grove galleries and participates in regional plein air events. Working primarily in oil or acrylic, seascapes, skyscapes and forests are inspired by her photography, northeast Florida home and world travels. She hopes the images resonate with viewers to champion environmental stewardship and to inspire exploration and appreciation of wild places in the world around us. Abby’s vibrant colors and play of light on water celebrate the intricacies of nature… and occasionally capture a child entranced at the water’s edge … as she still is.

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