I have a desire for simplicity and calm—to balance chaos and order, spontaneity and control, and to see the beauty that occurs between these counterpoints.

My paintings reflect a sort of quiet expressionism—quiet on the surface with noise underneath. Applying layers or transparent veils of white on top, the vibrant story now lies beneath, inviting closer inspection. Conveying a sense of calm, with the colorful messiness of real life underneath.

An ongoing dialogue with the piece, to see what is there and how it works together—abstract art has a rebelliousness, an unpredictableness that my alter ego craves. I’m interested in having my viewer experience a unique connection with the work, something that they unexpectedly discover.

I am a ponderer, a researcher, a planner, an organizer. My paintings emerge from my personal experiences in design, the theatrical stage, family life, nature, and my ongoing love of spiral marks.


Jocelyn Murray is an abstract painter whose source inspirations originate from having grown up on water and time spent sky-watching for tornados and storms. Combined with a strong design aesthetic and years spent helping behind-the- scenes of theatrical productions—watching her husband and daughter perform—her paintings are characterized by thin layers of paint and mark-making, often producing quiet, expressionistic images. Working mostly in oils and water-based oils, Murray uses a variety of traditional and non-traditional materials and tools—from china markers, oil pastels, and graphite pencils to wallpaper smoothers and hair tinting brushes.

Murray was born in Burlington, Iowa and grew up in Whitewater, Wisconsin. Graduating from UW-Whitewater with a BA with honors in Journalism and an emphasis in photography and advertising, Murray joined the corporate world of retail buying in Milwaukee before moving to Colorado. In the Roaring Fork Valley, she has worked at design-based firms and nonprofit arts organizations while continuing her fine art studies.

She has been honored Juror’s Choice at the 2010 and 2012 Red Brick Biennials, juried by Timothy Standring, Gates Foundation Curator of Painting and Sculpture, Denver Art Museum, and Jody Guralnick, Carolyn Landis, and Ann Korologos, respectively. Her work has been accepted into juried exhibitions by notable jurors such as artists James Surls, Charmaine Locke, Dick Carter and Teresa Booth Brown, and was selected for critique by Teresa Booth Brown and Aspen Art Museum Curator Courtenay Finn at the Western Colorado Center of the Arts in Grand Junction.