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Color and light
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 Cindy Murphy is "Artist of the Month" at Southern Heartland Art Gallery on the square, where a reception in her honor will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. The reception is open to the public and Cindy’s art work will be on display.

 Murphy is a native of Tucson, Ariz., and after a stint living in Texas, now resides in Social Circle. She has a degree in commercial art from Robert Morgan Technical Institute, honed her painting skills with classes at Miami Dade College and found her love of color and light from many workshops with Susan Sarback and Camille Prezwodek.

 She describes herself as a "representational impressionistic colorist," where the main goal is to see and paint the relationship of colors in light and shadow. Her unique approach is achieved with a palette knife, layering pure color of different hues, mixing directly on the canvas to achieve the desired effect. Murphy’s paintings are bright and textural. This technique is effective in landscape and seascape, but is especially helpful in bringing to life Murphy’s pet portraits, which she is often commissioned to do.

 Working with stained glass is also a passion. Combining oils and mosaic to complete a scene has won Murphy many awards. She has been accepted in juried shows across the country, and her art is collected by individuals and corporations nationally and internationally.