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

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


Kenan House Award, Kenan Center, 2005
Honorable Mention, International Quilt Market and 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

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