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Artist Judy Murphy Collins was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, moving to Lockport after she married her husband, local businessman John Collins. She and John raised three children together. Although she had attended college working toward a degree in nursing, she instead began working along side John in the family businesses. For several decades Judy spent her life in the field of business and did not begin painting until the age of 46.

Having been proficient in the field of music, notably the piano and guitar, she hoped to explore more avenues to express her creative abilities. Although primarily self-taught, Judy has also studied under various artists in the local community. Her primary mediums of choice are pastel, charcoal, acrylic, water-based oils and some watercolor. Her body of work is varied and at times eclectic. No subject is beyond her imagination ("except for maybe cars" she jokes).

At present, she is entering into a new phase of her artistic career. Having never been interested in selling her art, she has accumulated a large body of work. Recently she decided it was time to share her works with the public. That decision lead to the formation of a non-profit charitable corporation, so that she might share and sell her work with the proceeds being donated to charity. Through expanded marketing campaigns she is currently working toward that end.

Currently, Judy has been a member of the Niagara Arts Guild for over 30 years, where she has previously served as treasurer and often chairman of the various art shows they have.

She has exhibited her work with the semi-annual Art Guild shows where she has been awarded many ribbons.

Judy has also exhibited at the Kenan Center, notably in the “Art in the Arena” Exhibition and the Niagara Frontier Art Exhibit. Other shows she has participated in were at the Impact Artists Gallery in Buffalo, The Dale Center in Lockport, and the NAAC in Niagara Falls, NY. She has also participation in group exhibits presented by the Niagara Art Trail, including the annual Holiday Open House Weekends and the Art in the Halls show hosted by the Lockport Presbyterian Home each Summer. Her work is currently being shown in various venues in Manila, Philippines. In August of 2019 Judy's work was included in a group exhibit at the Vanderplas Gallery in New York City.


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