I love painting in realism and wildlife is by far my favorite subject. I enjoy painting animals, bringing the zoo inside my head to life with my brush and paint (oils or acrylics) on canvas. Painting a living creature, whether trying to capture the soulful expression in its eyes, or show its primal instincts for survival, is my true passion. I also enjoy painting portraits of people and the challenge that creating realistic skin tones an facial expressions presents me.
I am a working artist and illustrator of over 25 years and a lifelong resident of Greenbrier County, West Virginia. I have loved drawing and painting since childhood. While I enjoy painting in a variety of mediums, I prefer oils and acrylics. As a self taught artist, I have worked my entire artistic career honing and developing my own painting style. I recently became a member of the Greenbrier Artists where I attended my very first workshop with Arthur Evans. In 2018 I became a Tamarack juried artist and look forward to entering my work into shows beginning in 2019.
I have had several solo exhibits, including my new spring 2019 show ‘The Wild’- The Wildlife Art of Misty Murray-Walkup at Carnegie Hall. I’ve illustrated several books, and recently published a collection of 22 of my wildlife prints in book form, ‘The Wildlife Art of Misty Murray-Walkup ‘ which was recently selected for addition to the United States Library of Congress. Exhibiting my art across the United States, I have won numerous awards for my work over the years. Most recently I was awarded People Choice at the White Sulphur Springs Dandelion Festival annual art show, and Best in Show at the Rupert Library Annual Art Show.
Other Creative Skills
Drawing, Painting, Sculpting, Woodworking