Brenda Murphy

Brenda Murphy

Scenes from the old West will come to life in paintings and sculptures that will fill the galleries of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, with the opening of the 10th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. In one gallery, the only gallery like it in the state of Indiana, visitors can see and be the first to bid on millions of dollars in artwork from 50 coveted Western artists.  Meet Quest for the West Artist Brenda Murphy.

Murphy 2015

Brenda Murphy
Born 1955, in Dallas, Texas; lives in Arlington, Texas


Young Lakota Hunter
2015, pencil, 14 x 9 inches

Coyote fur is greatly prized among Native Americans. The coyote head this young hunter wears was handed down to him by his Unci, his grandma, and had been worn by his uncles in the past as camouflage when hunting on the prairies. The buckskin shirt will protect him from the brush and sharp plains grass. As he grows and becomes a more skilled hunter, his shirt will become more ornate. In keeping with his family tradition, he will someday leave the head for future generations.


A NATIVE TEXAN, Brenda Murphy began drawing horses and other ranch animals when she was a young girl. Her love of drawing, and her favorite medium—pencil—have remained with her as a professional artist. She has tried other materials, including acrylics and watercolors, but always returns to pencil drawing.

Murphy earned a BFA degree in art from the University of Texas at Arlington, followed by work as an illustrator in Dallas. Her thoughts turned frequently to fine art and her desire to draw Western scenes. Gradually, her art shifted from commercial illustration to drawing the subjects she had imagined. She now seeks out cowboys and their livestock, and others whose ranching way of life she admires. Grateful that they have allowed her into their world, she admires them for carrying on a valuable Western tradition, one that she masterfully captures in black and white.

Notable awards and achievements:
2008    National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Heart of the West, Patrons’ Choice Award
2006    Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Cowgirl Up!, Show Museum Purchase Award
2005    National Museum of Wildlife Art, Miniatures and More Show, Patrons’ Choice Award

Gallery Representation:
Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming