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NORFOLK - For as long as he can remember, Chris B. Murray has loved to draw and paint and now that he’s an adult he says he can’t imagine doing anything else.

“I just made the switch to full-time a little over a year ago and it’s been amazing,” he said, adding that he’s been working as a professional artist for around five years.

Mr. Murray’s parents, Stephanie and Garth, live in Norfolk, and Mrs. Murray said she too can’t imagine her son doing anything else.

“It really is a love and a passion, it’s something that he’s never given up on,” she said. “This is all he’s ever wanted to do.”

Mrs. Murray said teachers began to know that her son had a gift for art pretty early in his elementary school career.

“The teachers in kindergarten and first grade noticed he had a talent,” she said, recalling some early memories of her son’s work.

“He really perfected the Ninja Turtles when he was about five years old,” she said. “We bought him all the figures, and he could draw them all.”

When asked what made him want to be an artist, Mr. Murray goes back to the early days of drawing and creating.

“It’s a gift I was born with,” he said. “I wouldn’t be happy doing anything else. I’ve always loved to create things, so it’s only natural.”

Mr. Murray’s first major exhibition is on display now at the Rotofugi Gallery in Chicago, and he said he’s planning a show for next year in Los Angeles.

This year’s show is titled “ADKS,” he said as a tribute to his Northern New York roots.

“I wanted to pay homage to my hometown and my upstate New York roots,” he said. “I couldn’t think of a better way to do that than with an Adirondacks tribute.”

Mrs. Murray said she and her husband were able to make the trip to the gallery opening, and they were impressed.

“We’re so very proud,” she said. “Chicago is such a beautiful city, and the gallery owners couldn’t have been any nicer.”

Mr. Murray graduated from Norwood-Norfolk Central School in 2002 and continued to study art at R.I.T., where he graduated in 2006.

Along the way, he said he’s had some great teachers, but none that really stick out more than the others.

“I would say all of my art teachers played a strong role from the high school level right up to my college professors,” he said, when asked if he had any teachers who were especially inspirational or influential. “They were all very influential and supportive, which is very important when you’re trying to make a life in this crazy business.”

Mr. Murray now resides in Philadelphia, Pa. He may be followed on Facebook by searching for Chris B. Murray.

Mr. Murray also has his own website, where one can purchase his work.

ADKS is on display now and the exhibit will remain open to the public at the Rotofugi Gallery through June 30.

On the web:

www.chrisbmurray.com

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