Born and raised twenty miles West of Chicago in Lombard, Illinois, Julie Murphy developed a passion for all things creative early in life. A fascination for the weird guided her through a melodious childhood and the angst of public high school, where she explored the worlds of art, theater and journalism. She graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in the School of Speech and a Certificate of Creative Writing for the Media. In college, she studied experimental film production, excelled in the procrastination arts, deejayed a radio show and directed music videos for local bands. Post-collegiate employment in Chicago and Los Angeles included work at a Chicago Polish radio station, waitressing, bank employee, children's shoe salesman, television production assistant, art department coordinator for Mad TV, script reader, stop-motion animation prop-maker, bartender, office hack, and video editor.
After years in the workforce, she returned to school, and graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, in the illustration department, with a focus on printmaking. Everyday experiences-- both adventurous and banal-- filtered through the labyrinth of the subconscious inspires her artwork-- a curious partnership of observation and imagination. Today, she divides her time between making art, video editing, people-watching, cooking, walking, sleeping, swimming, salsa dancing, spending time with family, rabble-rousing, reading, pontificating, aimlessly staring out of windows, and dreaming about adventure in faraway places. She now lives in the vibrant metropolis of Chicago.