Kelly Sheppard Murray is a native North Carolinian, trained in sculpture with BFA, and MFA degrees from UNCG and ECU respectively. She creates paintings, drawings and sculptures combining natural forms, plants, geometric shapes and repetitive patterns. Her work toggles between representation and abstraction. This interest in the abstract qualities of nature can be found in her dimensional tree-bark collages and mixed media encaustic pieces. Other than natural forms, and patterns, viewers often notice Murray’s love of texture as a key visual element.
Murray became an Artspace tenant in January of 2016 as a Regional Emerging Artist in Residence and was thrilled for opportunity to stay in the studios to continue to be around other artist and interact with the public.
While maintaining professional practice in fine art and design, Murray teaches design, painting, sculpture and art appreciation at Wake Technical Community College. In 2014, Murray was awarded faculty rank as Associate Professor at Wake Technical Community College. She currently serves as the program coordinator for the Associate in Fine Arts Degree.