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Meet Amanda Murphy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Murphy.

Hi Amanda, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I started as an aspiring filmmaker and actress, moving from Philadelphia to San Diego in 2014 with the goal to move to LA and pursue Hollywood. I quickly discovered that was not my calling, and in fact, working with Fine Art, as I have my whole life, was my true passion and purpose. I started creating more and more every week and have built my business as a muralist, illustrator, and designer in the last few years.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has definitely not been a smooth road, but what in life comes easy that is truly worth it? I have had my self-doubts, comparison issues, shiny object syndrome, anxieties, and many more bumps in my road that have made it challenging on same days to keep going. Running a business as an artist is not easy, but I know it is worth it. I look forward to the day that I can confidently say I am a full-time artist.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
My business, Groovy Palettes, specializes in custom and original murals, illustrations, fine art, and design. I also sell merchandise with my creations on them, including stickers, shirts, bags, and jewelry. My work is known for its colorful and psychedelic qualities, with themes focusing on nature, mental health, female empowerment, yoga and cannabis cultures.

My art sets me apart from others in that I truly create with raw and unfiltered emotion. My strokes have power and meaning behind them, and the colors are felt when chosen. I can bring anyone’s vision to life through my style, and I love seeing the look on my clients’ faces when they see their project complete for the first time.

We’d love to hear about how you think about risk taking?
Taking risks is essential in creative and entrepreneurship. To get where I am at today, I have taken dozens of risks. My first big risk was leaving all of my family and friends behind to move 3000 miles across the country to California to pursue my dreams. Since then, I have risked money, time, and sanity to focus in to build my business, Groovy Palettes. Some days, my risk tolerance is lower, depending on how I am feeling. Others, I feel I am on fire with the risks I take. It is a journey, ones of ups and downs, wins and lessons learned. The most recent risk I took is by organizing my schedule and finances to rely on income from my business to pay my bills. Opportunities for employment have arisen, but I turned them down to stay focused on my main goal- becoming a full-time artist. If I do not take these risks, I could potentially never achieve my dreams. And I work constantly on the mindset that the biggest failure is not taking any risk at all. Every small loss can be a great lesson learned, but without that risk, there is no growth.

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