Annie Murphy-Robinson

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Annie Murphy-Robinson

United States

My name is Annie Murphy-Robinson and I currently live in Carmichael CA, not far from Sacramento, CA the place where I was born.  I have also lived in Heron, MT, Lafayette LA, and Herborn-Sellbach Germany.  

My artistic inspiration is and always has been my life- including my children (self-portraits!) and old toys and childhood memorabilia. I use my art as a way to express my own interpretation of beauty and to work through trauma I have experienced, both as a young girl and adult.  I have also always felt a great connection to animals and use them often in my work.

I mainly work in charcoal and I use a technique that I have created where charcoal is sanded into heavy printmaking paper. It is labor intensive and therapeutic in its repetitive motion and control it offers. 

I have a BFA in studio arts with a core concentration in painting from the University of Southwestern LA and an MA in studio arts from California State, Sacramento.  I have been teaching high school art for the past 20 years and I also teach the sanding technique to adults through workshops, both in person and on Zoom. 

I have been showing my art for the past 18 years both nationally and internationally. My work has been collected by the MEAM in Barcelona and in ARC’s collection as well as the IBEX collection.

Some major competitions I have won are the PSOA (Portrait Society of America) Draper Grand Prize, Best in Show at Beautiful Bizarre Art Magazine, and the Bouguereau Prize through the ARC Salon Competition.

I belong to PSOA, AWA (American Women Artists) and the American Artists Professional League.

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