A balance between the outer realistic landscape and the inner landscape of the mind and emotions, with its heightened colors, is achieved by Regina Murphy in a show at JRB Art at The Elms.
Rounded orange, red and green trees, lightly outlined, give an autumnal feel to the acrylic canvases of mountain and forest scenes, often with a river running through them, from her “Special Places” series.
Deep purple shadows of peaks suggest twilight, perhaps more than dawn, in most of the compositions, which have enough variety to hold our interest and inspire a feeling of gentle reverie and wonder.
Massive, mesa-like, background rock formations are handled more realistically in number “03041” from the series, while sketchy marks add visual vibrations to fields and underbrush in several works.
Almost sculptural are the five giant orange trees, crowded together like members of a choir, singing on the other side of a river, in number “12058,” to name another case in point. Sculptural, too, and subliminally figurative, like user-friendly visual versions of Easter Island statues, are the orange trees in her number “12056” and number “12057” acrylics.
Murphy is a longtime Oklahoma City resident and founding partner in Studio Six on the Paseo, who studied art at Oklahoma City University, Louisiana Tech, and in Rome, Italy.
She said she began thinking about “transporting reality” to create paintings “that speak to our memories and feelings” about special spaces and places after painting traditional landscapes for many years.
She has served as an officer and member of the Oklahoma Art Guild, Individual Artists of Oklahoma, Paseo Arts Association and Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition, with work in many private and corporate collections.
— John Brandenburg