I have always had some sort of connection to the sea. The smell of it, the feel of it, the calm and the fury... Etched in my mind and one of my earliest memories is a story my grandfather told me of landing at D-Day, wading through the water to the shore, and the flash of a camera bulb in his face--his photo and that image taken by Robert Capa went on to become a very well known photo of that day and my first vivid connection to the sea. 

My recent work is driven by the palette of old Autochrome Lumiere photos (the first color photos) and the various color tensions that arise from such palettes. Muted blue-greys and faded creams are punctuated by deep blue-black hues and the injection of red to create tension and drama.

JULIE BOWERS MURPHY / ARTIST'S STATEMENT