NORFOLK - For as long as he can remember, Chris B. Murray has loved to draw and paint and now that hes an adult he says he cant imagine doing anything else.
I just made the switch to full-time a little over a year ago and its been amazing, he said, adding that hes been working as a professional artist for around five years.
Mr. Murrays parents, Stephanie and Garth, live in Norfolk, and Mrs. Murray said she too cant imagine her son doing anything else.
It really is a love and a passion, its something that hes never given up on, she said. This is all hes ever wanted to do.
Mrs. Murray said teachers began to know that her son had a gift for art pretty early in his elementary school career.
The teachers in kindergarten and first grade noticed he had a talent, she said, recalling some early memories of her sons work.
He really perfected the Ninja Turtles when he was about five years old, she said. We bought him all the figures, and he could draw them all.
When asked what made him want to be an artist, Mr. Murray goes back to the early days of drawing and creating.
Its a gift I was born with, he said. I wouldnt be happy doing anything else. Ive always loved to create things, so its only natural.
Mr. Murrays first major exhibition is on display now at the Rotofugi Gallery in Chicago, and he said hes planning a show for next year in Los Angeles.
This years show is titled ADKS, he said as a tribute to his Northern New York roots.
I wanted to pay homage to my hometown and my upstate New York roots, he said. I couldnt think of a better way to do that than with an Adirondacks tribute.
Mrs. Murray said she and her husband were able to make the trip to the gallery opening, and they were impressed.
Were so very proud, she said. Chicago is such a beautiful city, and the gallery owners couldnt have been any nicer.
Mr. Murray graduated from Norwood-Norfolk Central School in 2002 and continued to study art at R.I.T., where he graduated in 2006.
Along the way, he said hes had some great teachers, but none that really stick out more than the others.
I would say all of my art teachers played a strong role from the high school level right up to my college professors, he said, when asked if he had any teachers who were especially inspirational or influential. They were all very influential and supportive, which is very important when youre trying to make a life in this crazy business.
Mr. Murray now resides in Philadelphia, Pa. He may be followed on Facebook by searching for Chris B. Murray.
Mr. Murray also has his own website, where one can purchase his work.
ADKS is on display now and the exhibit will remain open to the public at the Rotofugi Gallery through June 30.
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