I didn’t grow up dreaming to be an artist

    that was far too impossible

    Art is something that’s always been a part of my life — from doodling on textbooks covered with brown paper bags to drawing pictures in the margins of homework. Art has been there every step along the way.

    I guess you could say it started on a cold winter day when as a little girl, I uttered those familiar words to adults everywhere — ”I’m bored.” Grandma set paper and an assortment of colored pencils before me with the suggestion to draw something…draw the birds at the feeder.

    The seeds of my art career were sown there at the kitchen table of my paternal grandparents, drawing the birds as they visited the feeder.

    The fascination with nature and interest in the land around us traces back to growing up on a small farm in New York State’s rural agricultural region. Our family would take great pride in sitting down to meals provided for us by our own hands.

    With my Dad’s encouragement and support, I enrolled at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. After graduating with honors, I worked in the creative department of several ad agencies before moving on to design fabric and patterns for the quilting industry.

    Wanting to create and express myself on a more intimate level, led to taking an oil painting class. This reignited a passion for traditional painting and back into the painting studio.

    When I look back, I see how each adventure has built the knowledge and skill to be the artist I am. Growing up on the farm instilled an appreciation of nature and awareness of the story the land has to tell. Designing fabric helped me to recognize and develop patterns. The years at the ad agencies cultivated the skills to share it all with you.

    Being in nature creates an emotional connection for me. I hope my paintings leave you feeling uplifted and bring that joy and harmony to your home.

    Solo Exhibitions

    Nancy Murty: Transitions – P. Tribastone Fine Art Gallery, Canandaigua, NY

    Nancy Murty: Migration – Multi-Use Community Cultural Center, Rochester, NY
    Nancy Murty: Springtide – StaryNites, Rochester, NY

    Group Exhibitions

    The EARTH without ART is just EH – Patricia O’Keefe Ross Gallery, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY
    OPA Online Showcase Summer – Oil Painters of America, www.oilpaintersofamerica.com

    Associate Member Online Exhibition – National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society, noaps.org
    Flowers Bloom, Birds Sing – P. Tribastone Fine Art Gallery, Canandaigua, NY

    Three Visions: Through Women’s Eyes – Anthony Road Wine Co, Penn Yan, NY
    Birds of a Feather – The Hungerford, Rochester, NY

    Student Works – Bella Muse Gallery, Odgen, UT
    The Birds are Back – P. Tribastone Fine Art Gallery, Canandaigua, NY

    Years Prior to 2016
    A Matter of Beauty – 1570 Gallery, Rochester, NY, 2015
    Arts at the Gardens – Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion, Canandaigua, NY, 2014
    FLUX 12 – Hungerford Building, Rochester, NY, 2012
    A Personal Landscape – SUNY Oswego, NY, 2008
    MAGnificent Inspirations – Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY, 2008
    A Quilter’s Palette – Amherst Museum, Amherst, NY, 2006
    Kenan Quilt Show – Kenan Center, Lockport, NY, 2005
    Quilts: A World of Beauty – International Quilt Market & Festival, Houston, TX, 2005
    Quilts: A World of Beauty – Spring International Quilt Festival, Chicago, IL, 2005
    Rural Roots & Mysteries – Aullwood Audubon Center, Dayton, OH, 2005
    Quilts=Art=Quilts – Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY, 2004
    Quilts: A World of Beauty – International Quilt Market & Festival, Houston, TX, 2004
    Kenan Quilt Show – Kenan Center, Lockport, NY, 2003
    Blending Art & Tradition – Genesee Valley Quilt Club, Rochester, NY, 2002

    Public Collections

    Greens for Dinner, Aullwood Audubon Center, Dayton, OH


    Ray Hemachandra & Karey Patterson Bresenhan, 500 Art Quilts: An Inspiring Collection of Contemporary Work (cover image), Lark Books, March 2010
    HGTV Simply Quilts (artist profile), Weller/Grossman Productions, episode #1124


    Best of Show, Canandaigua Art & Music Festival, 2022
    Kenan House Award, Kenan Center, 2005
    Honorable Mention, International Quilt Market & Festival, 2005
    Best Craftsmanship, Aullwood Audubon Center, 2005
    Viewer’s Choice, Aullwood Audubon Center, 2005
    Best Machine Workmanship, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 2004
    Fairfield Master Award: Contemporary Artistry, International Quilt Market & Festival, 2004
    Viewer’s Choice, Genesee Valley Quilt Club, 2002
    First Place, Genesee Valley Quilt Club, 2002

    Public Speaking Engagements

    Painting Birds, Penfield Art Association, 2022
    5 Key Steps to Marketing for Artists, Rochester Art Club, 2020
    Wish I Knew, Penfield Art Association, 2017

    Activities & Affiliations

    American Impressionist Society
    American Women Artists
    Braddock Bay Bird Observatory
    National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society
    Oil Painters of America
    Rochester Art Club


    Art Institute of Pittsburgh, PA