About Joy Murray

20141213_175845This blog is about how the arts impact and improve our lives, from the time we are impressionable children until we are silver-haired sages.  I am a writer and artist who lives in Portland, Oregon.

I moved here in 2006, but spent my first 46 years in Memphis, Tennessee.  I’ve used the arts to help navigate life, cope with a long term disability, and to find enchantment and insight.

I’ve been a bookaholic since I first started gnawing on board books as a child.  Books introduced me to art and I’ve a great love for illustration and art in general.  My adventures with books have helped me develop and maintain my sense of wonder.

I reviewed books for 12 years at WEVL Community Radio in Memphis.  I’ve had stories published in various regional and literary magazines.  I’ve worked with the Portland Storytellers Guild and the Oregon Women’s Caucus for Art.  I worked with the Yuhuhugs team to help create The 12 Lessons for Greatness, stories for children and essays for parents on values.

I encourage everyone to get on with their creative work.  We all have unique stories to tell in unique ways.  I teach art, journaling, and creative writing to all ages.

I live in an intentional community set up to help families adopting children out of the foster care system.  Bridge Meadows provides the village it takes to raise children.   My contribution is to mentor children in reading, making stories, and creating art.  You can see more about our community on this PBS Newshour video:

Thanks for reading my blog.  Any comments are appreciated.

4 thoughts on “About Joy Murray

  1. Hello Joy! You are doing an amazing job with those dolls and I love how you also include posts and photographs of the stages involved in creating them. You are so talented!

    I think your project called “Bodies in Transition: From Transformation to Transcendence” is absolutely brilliant. It’s quite an undertaking, so good luck.

    1. Thank you so much, Nadia. I plan to do a lot of the work on Bodies in Transition this summer. I have an idea for a segment called “Fantastic Ambulation,” where I want to make several different kinds of fantasy wheelchairs and mobility assistance devices. People are so inspiring — I love honoring them with my art.

  2. Joy,

    I have just spent part of this evening looking through this wonderful site. I must admit, Jazzy JJ has caught my eye.

    You’ve done a great job with your creations! I love seeing how someone transforms their ideas into reality.


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