Dimensional Fine Artist Patrick J. Murphy Presents:
"WAKE -UP CALL - How My Parkinson's Disease Diagnosis Inspired My Inner Artist”
LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER PARKINSONS CONFERENCE 2016
Temecula, CA - October 14, 2016 - Patrick J. Murphy brings home a ribbon almost every time he enters his work in an art show. His unique, three-dimensional pieces stand out even in the most crowded venues. And all of his award-winning work was created SINCE his diagnosis with Parkinson's Disease in July, 2014. His inspiring story was the subject of "WAKE-UP CALL - How My Parkinson's Disease Diagnosis Inspired My Inner Artist" at the 4th Annual Parkinson's Disease Conference at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Redlands, California, on Friday, October 14, 2016.
As the closing speaker, Murphy energized the audience with his refreshingly candid and humorous recounting of his journey - from the shock of the diagnosis to the fire it lit within him.
"Honestly, I thought I was done. With everything. So I decided to use whatever time I have left to finally let my artistic urgings lead me," says Murphy. "I wanted to develop something new that was uniquely mine, that combined my love of nature with a new way of expressing it."
The audience - both the PD patients and their (patient) caregivers - saw themselves in Murphy's story, as he brought them along to view the development of his art. Immediately following his presentation, Murphy was surrounded by enthusiastic audience members who wanted to see the art...and the artist...up close.
"You bring a whole new dimension to art," said a caregiver.
"Are you sure you have Parkinson's?" said a patient.
"This is so exciting! Your work is beautiful," said a caregiver.
"He is a genius," said one neurologist to another.
It took Murphy more than two years to develop his unique approach, combining photography, digital painting, sculpted paper, acrylics and pastels that result in eye-popping, three-dimensional impressionist pieces. His healing artwork has the flavor of a Georgia O’Keefe painting with Murphy's childlike sense of discovery and playfulness. A nature lover, he creates with light - from the earth, woods, mist, shadows, sky, flowers and fire.
Recently, his piece "Hands of the Artist" won First Place in the Multi-Media category at the San Diego County Fair Fine Art Exhibit and the same piece recently took home Best of Show honors at the Fallbrook Artists Association exhibit.
Murphy has completed commissions in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Seattle, San Diego and Temecula, California. His work is currently represented at Sacred Soul Creations Gallery in Old Town Temecula, or can be seen by appointment at the Living Room Gallery. He is currently accepting new commissions, and can customize the work to fit the needs of the client.
For more information about the artist, his work, or to book him as an inspirational speaker for support groups and conferences, visit PatrickMurphyFineArt.com or call: 619-838-1170
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A TEDx Talk reviewer summerizes Murphy's presentation:
"I am struggling to find the words that my heart is feeling.....I just watched your talk and it was so tender, so authentic, so moving....I cried when your own tears escaped....I felt the whole journey that you described....and your 'wake up' call is inspiring me to take better care of myself and go for my dreams as well." SS.