In the Audubon Tradition Exhibition
About Sean Murtha
The son of artistically inclined parents, Sean Murtha was encouraged at a young age to draw and paint. He studied painting at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, graduating with a BFA in 1990. His early influences were Eric Sloane, N.C. Wyeth, Charles R. Knight, and later the painters of the Hudson River School and the American Impressionists. Later, as wildlife became increasingly his focus, he was influenced by Francis Lee Jaques, Robert Bateman, Louis Agassiz Fuertes, Bruno Liljefors, Lars Jonsson and others.
In 1996, he joined the staff of the American Museum of Natural History, where he worked in the exhibition department. There he gained experience painting murals and background paintings for
His field and studio work focuses on the birds and landscape of the Long Island Sound and its environs. Having spent most of his life on either side of the sound, he is well acquainted with its moods and its wildlife. His practice puts great importance on sketching and painting “in the field”, using these studies as the basis for studio work. He lives with his wife, Deirdre, and sons Brendan and Graham, in Norwalk, CT.
Sean is a member and frequent exhibitor with the Society of Animal Artists (SAA), The Rowayton Arts Center (RAC) in Norwalk, CT, and the Lyme Art Association (LAA) in Old Lyme, CT. He has shown at “Birds in Art” at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum in
The Wind Surfers
18 x 28
18 x 28
Gulls are usually easy to find along the coast throughout the year, and their robust, compact form
Catch of the Day
8 x 16
The Common Tern’s combination of sharp features, tough attitude