MOLLY MURRAH

I have always loved art. I started drawing and painting at a young age and continued taking art classes throughout high school. However, in college I majored in math before finally switching to fine art. That last year in college was definitely my happiest — every course I took was an art course!

After graduation, I moved to NYC and began working as an assistant at two well known graphic design companies. Eventually a small startup hired me and from my experiences working there over the years, I became a professional graphic designer when I moved to Washington state in 1982. It is the primary reason I understand the importance of composition in a painting. If your composition is good, you are well on your way to producing a fine work of art, independent of the degree of perfection in your technique.

I gave up my graphic design business in 2017, but continue to use the skills I developed after so many years in the profession. I am continually working on designing catalogs and promotional items for the Northwest Watercolor Society, as well as promoting my own classes at various locations in the Puget Sound Area.

Teaching is now my passion… I love to see the look on my students’ faces when they experience the true “magic” of the watercolor medium. 

Molly is a Signature member of Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS) and served as President in 2013-2014. NWWS is one of the top watercolor societies in the United States and holds two annual exhibitions and workshops that attract well-known artists and juror/instructors from all over the world. If you would like to know more about the Northwest Watercolor Society, please visit www.NWWS.org.

EXHIBITIONS

2019
Northwest Watercolor Society 79th Annual International Open Juried Exhibition, Shoreline, WA

2018
Northwest Watercolor Society 78th Annual International Open Juried Exhibition, Mercer Island, WA

2017
Evergreen Association Curated Members’ Exhibition, Kirkland, WA

2016
Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition, Wichita, KS
Northwest Watercolor Society Waterworks Juried Members Exhibition, Bothell, WA

2015
75th Annual International Open Juried Exhibition, WA State Convention Center, Seattle, WA

2014
“The Magic of Watercolors” Solo Exhibition, University Unitarian Church, Seattle, WA

2013
Solo Exhibtion, Northwest Cellars, Kirkland, WA
Northwest Watercolor Society 73rd International Open Juried Exhibition, Mercer Island, WA
“A Dozen Muses” Exhibition at Mercer Island Community & Event Center Gallery

2012
“Visions of Italy & Greece” Solo Exhibition, Rick Steves’ Travel Center, Edmonds, WA
2012 Small Works Exhibition, Kaewyn Gallery, Bothell, WA
Eastside Association of Fine Arts 37th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Seattle, WA
Northwest Watercolor Society 72nd International Open Juried Exhibition, Seattle, WA
Northwest Watercolor Society “Healing Arts” Exhibit, Overlake Hospital, Bellevue, WA

2011
Eastside Association of Fine Arts 36th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Seattle, WA
Northwest Watercolor Society National Juried 2011 Waterworks Exhibition, Seattle, WA
Selected as an “Emerging Artist” in the La Conner Arts Alive Festival, La Conner, WA
Eastside Association of Fine Arts Juried “Figures” Exhibit, Seattle, WA
13th Annual Juried Kenmore Art Show, Kenmore, WA
Northwest Watercolor Society “Healing Arts” Exhibit, Overlake Hospital, Bellevue, WA
Edmonds Arts Festival Juried Gallery Exhibit, Edmonds, WA
Eastside Association of Fine Arts National Juried Members Show, Seattle, WA
Gallery North Small Paintings Exhibit, Edmonds, WA
Eastside Association of Fine Arts Gallery Exhibit 2, Seattle, WA

2010
12th Annual Juried Kenmore Art Show, Kenmore, WA
Eastside Association of Fine Arts Volunteer Exhibit, Kaewyn Gallery, Bothell, WA
Eastside Association of Fine Arts 35th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Bellevue, WA
(Won the Winsor Newton Painting Award)
Northwest Watercolor Society National Juried 2010  Waterworks Exhibition, Seattle, WA

2009
11th Annual Juried Kenmore Art Show, Kenmore, WA
Eastside Association of Fine Arts National Open Juried Exhibition, Bellevue, WA
Northwest Watercolor Society “Healing Arts” Exhibit, Overlake Hospital, Bellevue, WA

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