Marla Murphy. Romance writer. Painter. Troublemaker.
Marla Murphy surrounds her life with big color using soft pastels, oil pastels, acrylic, and saucy words. You can find her in her studio painting or at home either reading or writing historical romance novels.
Murphy studied painting and drawing at Ohio University and worked as an art director for advertising agencies in Baltimore and Milwaukee. After moving to Los Angeles in 1980 she worked as a graphic designer until becoming President of Marketing Plus. In 1989 she opened her own graphic design studio where she published her work as serigraphs, posters and greeting cards. Over twenty of her stationery designs and prints of her paintings are sold in boutiques and catalogs here and overseas.
In 1997 she retired from advertising, opened a wholesale space at the LA Mart, and 3 retail shops in Santa Monica. She retired again in 2010 to her studio in Westwood to paint full time. In 2014, Murphy began writing contemporary short stories and historical romance novels.
National shows include Degas Pastel Society, New Orleans World Trade Center, and ARC Gallery in Chicago. “What Iz Art?” Gallery in Cambria, California represented Murphy’s work for many years. Numerous local shows include “Fools and Friends”, a five month group show Murphy curated at the old ABC Entertainment Center in Century City; “Platform 9” in Santa Monica and “The Folk Tree” in Pasadena.