Artwork by Tim Murphy

Artist in Focus

Rockford, Illinois was a great place to grow up as a child where I could explore the surrounding woods, creeks, and fields. My love of nature and art began at an early age.

Our house was filled with art books from publishers like Henry N. Abrams. My father purchased mail-order art prints and placed them on our walls. I remember using my little crayons to draw on sheets of clean white paper. I much preferred this over coloring books.

I remember being enthralled by the gemstone colors on my mother’s embroidered purse. The deep ruby red, ultramarine blue, lemon yellow, and cool green had an entrancing effect as the light bounced to create sparkles in the room.

The visual cues of my childhood inspired me to draw using my little crayons on white sheets of paper trying to capture everything I saw around me.

In school, I was again inspired by visual cues. Specifically, a photograph on the cover of my 5th-grade geography book of a fishing shack on Bradley Wharf, Massachusetts motivated me to move to New England after I graduated high school. It was there that I learned from great teachers like Henry Schwartz of the Museum School, Boston, whose intelligence and encouragement affirmed my decision to become a painter years earlier.

Now residing in Tucson, a city of interesting people and creative energy, I’m inspired to continue my art practice every day. While in my studio, I alternate between painting and reading with the occasional catnap.

My favorite aspect of the creative process is applying lines, shapes, and colors to build a visual structure that is capable of replaying its intentions.





Master of Arts – University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Bachelor of Fine Arts – School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA



Solo and Group Exhibitions - Davis Dominguez Gallery, 1997-2017

“Arizona Biennial”- Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson AZ, 2001, 1997, 1993

Group Exhibitions - Lisa Kurts Gallery, Memphis, TN, 2012-2013

Gallery Exhibition - Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, 1999-2004

“Tucson Museum of Art Faculty Exhibition- Temple of Music and Art, Tucson, AZ, 1994-1998

“The Contemplative”- Harbor Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA 1996

“School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Traveling Exhibition”, Suicov Institute, Moscow, Russia, 1990



Reagan, Margaret. “The Age of Anxiety”, Tucson Weekly, volume 32, no. 9., April 13-19, 2017

Cover Illustration, “Spring Arts Review”, Tucson Weekly, vol. 32, no. 4., 2017

Reagan, Margaret, “Feel of the Unfinished”, Tucson Weekly, volume 29, no. 7, April 5-11, 2012

Reagan Margaret, “More or Less Abstract”, Tucson Weekly, volume 26, no.45 Dec 31- Jan.6, 2010

Lobo, Susan, “Roots and Flowers: The Vine and King Neighborhood” 2008

Reagan, Margaret, “ Big Art in Small Packages”, Tucson Weekly, volume 23, no. 17, June 22-28, 2008



Faculty, School of Art, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ. (1994-2004)

Faculty, Extended University, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. (1996-1999)



Recipient, Regents Scholarship, Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, 1990

Finalist, Dana Pond Competition, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 1989

Best of Show, 25tth Annual Marblehead Festival of the Arts, Marblehead, MA 1990

B.O.I.T. Award, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 1990


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