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Scissors verlie murphy biography

[Biography] [Gallery]

Lived: - present
GAP Member Since: 2004-05-10
Type: Papercuttings

90 West Fork Creek Road
Saluda NC 28773
USA

artistverlie@yahoo.com
http://photobucket.com/albums/d193/artistverlie/

Tree Angels
Tree Angels

I began papercutting to find unique patterns for quilts in 1995. The lack of time for sewing (I was raising a family) kept me from accomplishing my quilt ideas but I was compelled to make art to balance my life. I began to cut many different stencils and color them with colored pens. Eventually my two step-granddaughters introduced me to Gelpens and from that point on I was fascinated with how each stencil became a beautiful work of art. In time I taught this “Kaleidoscopic” artform to others and the joy they experienced in making these unique colorful pieces just fed my desire to teach even more people. Some of my artwork came from randomly cutting shapes that came together in other Gelpen drawings that were not necessarily symmetrical when finished. Seeing the stencil and then adding matching lines fueled my imagination and love for pattern with color.

For imagery, I utilize birds (they symbolize my free spirit) and trees (are important to me because of my strong connection with drawing nature to survive poverty and numerous childhood moves before graduating high school). As a child I expressed myself by drawing what I could see and taking comfort from my imagination and the nature around me.

Animal World
Animal World
Dolphins Paradise
Dolphins Paradise

In 2000, while my late husband was recuperating from a liver transplant, I would spend hours on these designs because I could put them down and pick them up again easily. By June of 2001 I found myself at his bedside for thirty days and while some would have read I drew my designs to keep myself busy. To cope with his death, in July of that year, I actually ‘froze’ up my back muscles by doing too many pieces (live and learn). The following year I was invited back to the hospital to work with the art therapist and staff to use this design process to help the children express themselves artistically during their hospital stay. Because Gelpens wash off the skin, it was a safe project for the children to do in bed.

I have done workshops in various schools and now some teachers are using the process for geometry classes. While in Michigan I was able to work with mentally and physically challenged individuals who succeeded ‘in their own eyes’ to do work they were very proud of and even won ribbons in the local fair! They were so proud! Some people who suffer from conditions like panic attacks have ‘lost themselves’ in kaleidoscopic work to minimize their fears and, last but not least, one woman took my ideas to work with children with ADD.

Birds, Bears, and Fish
Birds, Bears, and Fish
Circus
Circus

Some of my former work is signed White¬Hernandez, but after a 38 year separation! was reunited with my high school sweetheart and we were married in April of last year. My life is a pure joy in the Smokey Mountains and I can finally pursue my art full-time. I came to know about the Guild when I took a class with Gudren Wittgen. At that time I owned a gallery in Manistee and Gudy visited my gallery before she went home. Gudy was so fascinated with my papercuts as artwork that she paid my dues that year and I am very grateful to her for her support and kindness.

 

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