The award-winning photography of artist Tim Murphy is on display at the Arts Alive Gallery in Breckenridge through the end of the month.
Murphy is a 30-year Colorado resident with an undergraduate degree from Tulane University and a MBA from the University of Denver, having left his East Coast home to appease the lure of the Rocky Mountains. He attributes his attention to detail in his art to his three decades of marketing and international business experience. This experience also taught him to see and appreciate the beauty in the way all the elements of a visual image combine to create a cohesive result.
"As to what inspires me, it's quite simple: to capture the detail of the natural beauty and present it in an interesting and visceral fashion," said Murphy. "Despite my tens of thousands of images, no image, location or time is ever erased from my mind. People who view my work often compliment the variety of scene, positioning of color elements and varying configuration of my images. I do not seek to emulate any one or group of artists, rather I make note of what another professional has captured and how it strikes my eye, and I then make mental notes on the aspects of the image which say something to me. I store it in my mind and it becomes a rapid-fire consideration when assessing possibilities for new photos."
Murphy's work was on display last September at the Summit County Libraries Main Branch, in November 2011 at the Summit Senior Center, and at the Silverthorne Library in January. He is participating with a booth in the Meet the Artists event in Breckenridge June 23-24.
Murphy is known for his love of the outdoors and all forms of visual beauty. He is an avid backpacker and a regular participant in the grand bicycling tours of the state, including Pedal the Peaks, Ride the Rockies and the Tour of Colorado. Skiing and snowshoeing are his pursuits of choice in the winter months, giving him access to the nature that becomes the subject of his many photographs. He is a photographic purist, insofar as none of his images are planned, and his ability to capture a moment is what makes his work special. Murphy and wife Mary split their time between Denver and their home on Dillon Reservoir, where he receives constant inspiration for his work.
Arts Alive Gallery is run by the non-profit Summit County Arts Council, with the mission of promoting visual arts by showcasing local artists and enhancing cultural life in Summit County.