Milessa Murphy . . . “Capturing the Imagination.” One of the great paradoxes in life is the difference between what is real and what is imagined, because our reality is skewed by our experience and perception. This overly complex combination is what inspires my artwork. As a modern-impressionist, I may not be concerned with painting the details of realism, but I am turned on by the meaning behind the colors, brushstrokes, and representation of light. I find this allows the imagination to interpret my content. My art is based on observation, life’s recollections, and the imagination. This is what makes it so magical. I like to think that when I paint outdoors, I am channeling the work of some of the great Impressionist painters like Monet or Van Gogh and when I am in my studio, I can let my imagination run wild like Picasso. My imaginative pieces are dreamlike, and they take bits of reality and morph into a happier, surreal story. With a twist of my brush or an unexpected color, I am able to take an otherwise realistic painting and make it other-worldly. There are humorous aspects to this process that make these pieces joyous, and each imaginative piece increases the happiness in my life and hopefully the lives of those who witness it. Whether painting in my studio or outdoors, my artwork will capture. your imagination. It will allow you to put yourself into a storyline of your own making. The reality of life is only as real as the people who are there to witness it. My artwork, on the other hand, allows for a reality that is drawn from the imagination and includes the emotional aspects of experience that make events larger than life. This is true whether they are meant to be factual or fictional. Rest assured the materials I use are archival and professional grade. The authentic emotion and commitment I give to each painting to see it to its completion leaves each piece representing a portion of artistic soul. As I continue to grow and change with each passing day, my artwork grows and changes with me. I believe as an artist I should never stop learning and working on my craft.