Murphy Adams creates mixed media works primarily in acrylic and ink on paper. Her pieces explore the complexities and absurdities of daily life. Drawing on elements of folk & outsider art, her quirky, naive style is intentionally childlike. Funny, awkward or even beautiful situations are the subjects in her intimate paintings, as well as personal obsessions & the extreme thoughts that we all occasionally entertain. Adams’ narrative works portray life’s small encounters and fills them with life as they are visually re-imagined and retold in her small paintings.


Adams grew up on the Northern California Peninsula. She graduated from Long Beach State University with a degree in Art History and a minor in Drawing & Painting. She shows at many galleries throughout the country, and on etsy.com. Murphy has also done several public art projects, both painted and clay mosaic murals, and handmade tile work. She also illustrates for Pingg cards, Thortful and a number of private clients.