Week 15: Artist Interview – Elia Murray

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For this week’s artist interview, I interviewed Elia Murray. Elia’s creative artwork involves sculptures, painting, and drawing. Everything in the photograph of Elia’s artwork was created by her. The stuffed animals were also made by her. It was very hard for me to believe that an artist can create those stuffed animals until Elia described how she made them. They look like they could be made by a factory but they are not! I became interested in having one for myself because she said not every stuffed animal she made is the same because some might contain more cotton inside or the stitching would be different. If I were to buy a stuffed animal made by Elia, it would be different from any of the other one made.

Elia’s artwork can be bought by anyone. She currently has a website that sells all of her creations. The reason why she does this is because she needs to buy art supplies. Selling her artwork is a bonus to her account because it allows her to buy supplies she needs for school and to create artwork for people who are interested. Elia was highly influenced by her parents to become an artist. Her dad taught her how to draw and her mom completely influenced her to be an artist. Elia originally wanted to major in English but decided to become an artist. It was not a bad thing that her parents made her become an artist because her artwork is very nice and it has a meaning to what she is painting/creating. Every character she makes involves a lot of time and in the end they look perfect. She hopes one day her characters can be brought to life on screen.

If you see the picture that I took of Elia’s artwork, the portrait that has the big doctor and a little girl on a chair was inspired by a health care article. The whole time she focused on creating a balancing image whole having fun at the same time. The portrait that has a fish was created based on a poem she had to read in one of her classes. All of her portraits/characters have a meaning to them. She does not make artwork that can be interpreted in many ways. Not only does she draw fake characters and makes sculptures, she also can draw dog portraits for anyone interested. A small fee is applied. Elia is also into poetry. Remember when I said she wanted to major in English, well that how she got her poetic side. Currently she is working on a book made on a myth about how a black bear turns into a polar bear. The current working title is: A Bear in the Snow.

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