Huffhines Art Trails

Featured Artist: April Murphy

art by April MurphyMy passion for art began as early as I can remember at a little round yellow table full of art supplies in my bedroom (thanks to my parents who nurtured this talent as a child). And even though it remained a passion throughout my early life, when it was time for college and beyond, I decided on graphic design as a career at TCU.

It wasn’t until 2008, when a first-ever layoff landed in my lap that I turned to art again. With full intentions of looking for another position in marketing and design, I picked up a brush and started painting for a creative outlet before starting the job hunt. To my delight, my work started selling and the rest is history. How about that? You can make a living as an artist!

As I honed my skills, I began doing festivals and hanging work in galleries. The turning point for this second career of mine was being chosen as the featured artist for Bayou City Art Festival in 2016, a top-ranked art event in the US. Other opportunities followed that, including commissions for Memorial Hermann Greater Heights and Cizik Eye Center. And now here I am as the featured artist for Huffhines Art Trails! This good fortune has paved the way to the charity side of things…

I am so grateful for what has come my way and the best way I know to give thanks is to turn that around to others. My other passion is animals and while I don’t have the fortitude to fight in the trenches for them (bless those that do!), I can raise money. Projects have ranged from Paws for a Purrpose (a state-wide art project) to 12 reasons (a Keep Houston Beautiful year-long personal fundraiser) and now my latest addition as one of three lead artists for AFTA (Artists for the Animals) in conjunction with Dog Lodge (check out doglodge.org for more info on this amazing facility!).

I have a beautiful studio at Winter Street Studios in Houston TX and am thankful for every artful day because I get to go to the studio and make something and at the same time, make a difference.