Peggy Jane Murray began doing artwork that included her dog while she was studying art at California State University at Humboldt in the 1970's. The dog, Bazooka, had saved her from an intruder and the artist began to paint dog monument art pieces. She continued to use her dog as a model while pursuing her master's degree in printmaking at CSU at Chico. Soon the imagery evolved to the point where the artist realized the dog represented herself.
Ms. Murray states that using the animal imagery allows her to explore and express her most intimate feelings about her relationships with the people in her life. Many times the narrative work invites the viewer to formulate his or her own story to relate to the work.
Ms. Murray uses serigraphy to create most of her work. Serigraphy is a hand-print process in which the artist squeegees ink through a stencil onto paper. The stencil is mounted on a fabric mesh, which is mounted on a wooden frame. Each successive color requires its own stencil and is printed separately. The process may take weeks or months to complete.
The artist's work is shown extensively and included in numerous private and public collections, among them, the State of Hawaii. She is a member of both the California Society of Printmakers and the Los Angeles Printmaking Society.
Ms. Murray retired in 2003 from teaching art at Lancaster High School in Southern California. She relocated to Fortuna, California, where she set up her studio.
Paintings and prints are available through James Snidle Fine Arts of Chico and San Francisco, California.