About the Artist: Lora Murphy was born in Ireland and educated in Ireland, USA and Italy. Lora earned honours degrees in both History of European Painting and Archaeology before going on to train as an oil painter, in a traditional Atelier in Florence, Italy. The discovery of Encaustic changed her life and she now works primarily in Encaustic and mixed media . As she says, "once I tried Encaustic , I was totally hooked and I have been fortunate to be able to apply my traditional knowledge of painting to the encaustic medium and I found along the way that I just love teaching.
I am so inspired by watching all of my students gain so much confidence and reach new levels with their work ..Even those with no experience of either Encaustic or Portraiture can do amazing work "
After living and painting all over the world , Lora moved back to her Irish roots in 2018, and created a vibrant and hugely popular Art school in the West of Ireland, Essence of Mulranny (EOM) Studios at Mulranny Co Mayo where she welcomes visiting teachers and students from many countries. Lora teaches workshops in Contemporary Portraiture in Encaustic at EOM Studios, various locations in the USA and online as well as offering a yearly painting trip to Egypt.
Lora sold her first paintings at 12 years old and has shown her work since 1985. She has exhibited widely in Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Italy and the United States; and counts collectors from Europe, North America, Australia, Asia and Africa.
2014 Jungian psychology with art therapy at Limerick Institute of Technology
2011 The Angel Academy of Art, Florence, Italy
2008-2010 The Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork ,Ireland
1984 -1991 Art Students League, West 57th Street, N.Y.C.
1983 BA Hons History of European Painting & Archaeology U.C.D. Dublin,