Molly Murrah has been named the winner of the 2018 Puget Sound Bird Fest Poster Art Contest with her entry Winged Wonder. The piece was selected by a jury from among 14 entries, and will be featured on the promotional poster for the 2018 event, which will be held Sept. 14-16 in Edmonds.
Winged Wonder depicts the bald eagle, an iconic northwest species and the U.S. national bird. The bald eagle is also the theme of this year’s Puget Sound Bird Fest. “Winged Wonder was selected for its technical excellence, a landscape that is reminiscent of our local Edmonds Marsh, and bright colors that the contest jury felt would catch people’s eye as they passed the posters on the street,” a City of Edmonds announcement said.
Murrah said that the painting was inspired by an experience she had during her first weekend in Washington at a hillside cabin overlooking Hood Canal. “Looking out the window, I said to myself, ‘I hope I get to see an eagle while I’m here.’ At that exact moment, two eagles took off and flew right in front of me no more than 40 feet away. It was a thrilling, magical moment… a sign that moving to Washington from New York was an auspicious move. When Bird Fest’s focus this year was on Pacific Northwest eagles, I had to paint this wondrous bird, hence the title Winged Wonder.”
The Puget Sound Bird Fest Poster Art Contest is held each spring to select a piece of original art to be used for the festival’s promotional poster. Sponsored by the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation, the winning artist is awarded a $200 prize.
Murrah is an experienced watercolor artist and freelance graphic designer, who has lived and worked in the Seattle area since 1982. She started painting in 2001, and has studied with many well-known instructors. Presently she teaches classes and workshops at Daniel Smith Artists’ Materials in the Seattle area and in local galleries. Her strengths as an artist lie in composition, color harmonies, and the representation of light.
You can learn more about Puget Sound Bird Fest on the event website.