"I paint the world around me. I carry a camera as a sketchbook because the images that catch my eye are often fleeting: reflections, shadows, objects moving in and out of relationship with one another. Pattern and shape are more important than the fact that the paintings are realistic"
Oil paintings by Patricia Murphy depict a swimming pool from a number of different vantage points and seasons of the year. The pool's "moods" transition from a calm sunny day to the lively presence of a drinks-filled "floaty" to being covered in a most unusual blanketing of snow.
Planes on the tarmac, planes in the air, and views out the windows are recorded in the second series, reflecting the artist's fascination with the idea of flight.
The immediate decorative appeal of these paintings is heightened by the strong invisible presence of the artist observing the scene.
In 2003 the Fort Worth Star-Telegram chose "Pool #1" as the featured painting in its week of promotion for Fall Gallery Night. For Gallery Night 2004 she was in a group show at Artspace 111 curated by Dennis Blagg Her work has shown in Art in the Metroplex, juried in 2006 by Janet Bishop, Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and in 2007 by Michael Duncan, independent curator and Contributing Editor in Los Angeles for Art in America. She had a solo show in 2008 at Ghostprint Gallery in Richmond, Virginia and also participates each year in the TAC juried show and Historic Fort Worth's Preservation is the Art of the City