CECILIA A. MURRAY, PASTEL EDISTO ISLAND, SC
Award winning artist Cecilia A. Murray lives on Edisto Island, South Carolina. Cecilia graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design from Parson’s School of Design in New York City in 1986. After 20 years of designing footwear for American and European women, Cecilia returned to her first love, plein air painting.
Cecilia’s primary focus is the low country landscape. Botany Bay on Edisto Island is a favorite spot, along with the shrimp boats and rivers along the ACE basin. Cecilia's art was featured in Charleston's 'Shrimp, Collard's & Grit's' magazine, and can now be found in the lovely Edward Dare Gallery in Charleston, and the Sandpiper Gallery on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina.
The artist also paints along the coastline of New England in the summer, from the gorgeous shores of upper Connecticut to the south shore and islands of Massachusetts, and northward towards Maine.
Pastel is her medium of choice, as it is a wonderful, luminescent medium for painting light and shadow. One of Cecilia's paintings was featured on the set of 'Outer Banks' in 2020, and a work from her new series in black and white, 'Anticipation' was juried into the MFA 'Art on Paper' exhibit in 2021 in Annapolis, MD. The artist was awarded Best in Show in Kennebunkport, Maine in June, 2011, for her painting “Tidal Inlet”. Cecilia and her paintings were featured in Massachusetts’ South Shore Living Magazine, the Bosque Arts Classic in Texas, and the Connecticut Pastel Society’s ‘Renaissance in Pastel’. Cecilia has won several additional awards, including an honorable mention at the Duxbury Art Complex Museum for “My Blue Heaven’ in 2012, the Wallis Award for ‘Homecoming’ in Portsmouth, ME, in 2013, and first place for pastel for ‘Radiance II’ in 2013 at the South Shore Arts Center in Cohasset, MA.