Artist of the Month
The walls of Burlap and Bean are currently
featuring the work of Cynthia Murray.
Design has always been an integral part of my life. Studying landscape architecture at both Rutgers University and University of Illinois led to a career as a landscape architect, working for over two decades on a wide variety of projects throughout the country as well as European and Caribbean locations.
Turning a design over to teams of contractors always left me frustrated that I was not a more active part of that process when the dreams imagined become a physical reality. That frustration led me to find creative outlets where I could take an idea and follow through to a finished product. Oil painting and designing jewelry allows me to explore different areas of interest.
Painting gives me the opportunity to interpret the world around me, not necessarily how I see it, but how I feel it. At the beginning of each painting, I find the challenge is to capture the emotional essence of a subject in a way that is hopefully captivating and thought provoking. Not surprisingly, a favored subject for me is the landscape.
If you are interested in displaying artwork, please
email our cultural arts director at