As promised, the artist introductions are starting with those who do not have websites or blogs. Since you can find more information about the artists who have a web presence, this seems to make the most sense. We have some new artists this year, and our first artists, who also happens to have location #1, is one of them.
Last year (2010) Paul visited all of the studios on the Tour, and showed his work to many of the artists – everyone was impressed! We were very pleased to receive his application. Paul turns gourds and wood into amazing works of art using the technique/process of pyrography. While a written description can give you the basics, you will really need to visit his studio to see how it is done.
Paul Murphy’s Bio
The one aspect that permeates Paul Murphy’s art work is his love of nature, especially wildlife. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Paul spent his childhood on a farm with his parents and 12 siblings. His favorite pass times include hunting and fishing.
After working 25 years in construction, Paul welcomed the opportunity to try a new endeavor. His love for nature brought him into the woods where he and his twin brother began a small part time logging operation. It was during his time in the woods, surrounded by a variety of native tree species, that Paul was introduced to the unique characteristics each one held. The distinctive differences in color, texture, and grain patterns naturally creates a rare platform for art.
With Paul’s curiosity peaked, he was on the path to discovering the hidden potential of an unsightly burrow “knot”. In most circumstances during logging operations, this one of a kind piece of wood would be left to decay on the forest floor. However, Paul tries to bring the wood back to life by burning something nice on it so it can be enjoyed for years to come.
Paul is a self-taught pyrographic artist who designs and burns using various types of pyrographic techniques. He specializes in the area of high realism, wildlife, and miniature burns. Since his retirement Paul’s creative drive and passion has increased. He continues to experiment with a variety of pyrographic techniques and unique materials including gourds, tagua nut, leather, paper, etc.
Paul enjoys giving back to the community. His volunteer work includes free pyrographic instruction to 4-H groups in Marinette and Oconto counties, as well as the local boy-scout troop. He participated in “show and share” at the middle school to expose the children to the pyrographic art form. He has donated several pieces of art to various organizations seeking silent auction items. It gives him a great sense of satisfaction when his artwork is able to help support the goal of the organization.
Make sure to visit Paul, our northernmost artist, and help us welcome him to the Tour!
Wishing you good success during the Art Studio Tour, Paul!
Paul M. Murphy,
Paul M. Murphy Studio
5420 Kreugers Quarry Road