21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2017: Amelia Murdock

Amelia Murdock

Amelia Murdock, All Out on the Quarter Mile, oil, 18 x 24.

Amelia Murdock, All Out on the Quarter Mile, oil, 18 x 24.

Art Education: I studied illustration at Brigham Young University. I also studied at Grand Central Atelier and was an assistant in Adrian Gottlieb’s studio.

Style: Classical realism.

Creative Spark: Walking into the barn, smelling the hay, and handling the horses always gets me excited about creating a painting.

Second-Choice Career: My dream was to be an Olympic equestrian rider.

Other Passions: I love mothering my daughters, Lydia and Vivian. I also enjoy riding horses, serving in my church, and being with my husband.

One Thing People Don’t Know About You: I play four instruments—piano, cello, organ, and violin.

Best Advice Received: “There will always be someone more talented than you out there, but that’s not the point. The point is your voice being expressed and heard.”

Pet Peeve: People who aren’t kind to horses or children.

Quirkiest Trait: I literally can’t function if my bed is not made in the morning.

Mantra or Motto: Do what you can with what you have now.

Favorite Studio Music: Handel’s Messiah always gives me serious inspiration and focus.

Favorite Work by Another Artist: Michelangelo’s sculpture PIETÀ had the most profound effect upon me. Future Goals: My goal is to become the premier equestrian artist in the country. I plan to own a horse farm and host artists’ retreats to study and promote the beauty of the horse. A secret dream of mine is to be commissioned to paint Queen Elizabeth’s horse.

Price Range: $600 to $5,000.

Representation: www.ameliamurdock.com.

This story was featured in the September 2017 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art  September 2017 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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