The arts and crafts trail in Gatlinburg winds along Glades Road. It’s a place where you’ll find weavers and carvers and painters and more. A new life-size creation that’s revved up some interest there. His old truck may have inspired the shape of his latest project. But Paul Murray isn’t exactly sure where the idea came from.
“I just got it in my head a couple weeks ago that I wanted to build a truck out of straw,”
– Paul Murray
And build a truck out of straw he did. He’s a traditional artist who had never worked with straw. He says he made the truck without glue and without a supporting frame.
Originally Posted on wbir.com
The Smoky Mountain Arts & Crafts Community, in Gatlinburg, is the nation’s largest community of independent artists and craftspeople. Don’t miss Paul Murray’s unassuming gallery―this portrait artist has done some impressive sketches and paintings of the people of Appalachia.
Originally Posted on southernliving.com
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Pencil study for “Grandma’s Hands” finished rendering not existing to date.
Sleeping Briar -pencil
Birds nests for lights, gourds for horns and ornaments. All straw, no frame underneath. It sits off the ground on 4 straw tires. So how’d he do it? Watch this for a hint! Note Cards available $5.75 or 5 for $25
Click link for TV interview- http://www.wbir.com/story/life/2015/10/19/paul-murray-gallery-straw-truck/74235050/
Dolly Parton 1987 receiving her new original “Smoky Mountain Memories”
Dolly was a tremendous help to a young man who really didn’t fit in anywhere. He took inspiration and support from Dolly Parton and her story. As a young child she believed in herself enough to follow her dreams. Paul Murray followed her as he fell in love with the people of Appalachia. Here is a special relationship that was between two souls, and because of this and help with a few others. The fate of a young man who always only wanted one thing! “To paint the depth of the soul and share what is truly special about our people, their past. To capture their wise ways and peaceful hearts, so to give you a work of art that enlightens your day. To share his art so to give back to those in need.” The world is a magnificent place.
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