Brenda Murphy’s love for the West is evident in her sensitively rendered drawings of horses, Native Americans, cowboys, and ranch life. She is a multi-award–winning artist who earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and then worked in Dallas as a graphic designer and illustrator. She moved on to a career in fine art, exhibiting in Trailside Galleries, Settlers West Gallery, and Texas Art Gallery.
Murphy has received numerous awards for her artwork, including the 2003 Patron’s Purchase Award at the Bosque Art Classic in Clifton, Texas; the 2005 Patron’s Choice Award at the Western Visions exhibition at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming; the 2006 Museum Purchase Award at the Desert Caballeros Museum’s Cowgirl Up! show in Wickenburg, Arizona; and the 2008 Patron’s Choice Award at the National Cowgirl Museum’s Heart of the West Art Show and Auction in Fort Worth, Texas. She has been featured in major publications such as Art of the West, Southwest Art, and Western Horseman. She is represented by Trailside Galleries in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming, and by Settlers West Gallery in Tucson, Arizona.
Born and raised in Texas, Murphy fosters a close relationship with her models who provide inspiration, resources, and a valued critical eye to insure authenticity in her work. She and her husband Tom reside in Arlington, Texas, where she maintains a studio in her home.