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Abby Howard Murphy


This award-winning northeast Florida artist developed a love of place and an appreciation for natural wonders 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; and created an illustrated guide to dune plants of the Turks and Caicos Islands. 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 while her paintings began receiving regional awards. Now an artist full-time, she is featured at the La Venture Grove gallery and St. Augustine Art Association and regional plein air events.

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As a champion of the environment from a young age, stewardship and inspiring exploration and appreciation of wild or iconic places are at the heart of my paintings.  I hope my art connects people to memories of experiences and where they call home. Working primarily in oil or acrylic, seascapes, skyscapes and forests are inspired by my northeast Florida home and travels. From there, I enjoy playing up and preserving bits of pure in mother nature’s palette that were visible to my eye, but often elusive in a photograph.