A lifelong doodler, Julie Murphy lives in Chicago where she draws pictures, edits video, illustrates for clients and occasionally exhibits in galleries. Professionally, she has taken a circuitous route through a diverse array of day-jobs in a wide assortment of fields, including administrative assistant for a pharmacology nomenclature group, video editor, bartender, printmaking teacher assistant, script reader, art department coordinator for television, stop-motion animation prop designer, production assistant, bank employee, radio station assistant, receptionist, waitress in a retirement home, and children’s shoe salesman. These diverse work experiences fuel the desire to escape reality, in addition to supplementing a rainbow of character studies for artistic creations. Julie earned a BFA degree in illustration from Art Center College of Design in California, as well as a BS degree in radio/television/film from Northwestern University. Unfortunately, two bachelor degrees do not equal a masters degree. In 2014, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events hosted and curated her first solo exhibition of drawings at the City Gallery of the historic Water Tower.
Written by Celery St. Bernard