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Rebecca Murphy
14 March 1982
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I'm a fulltime artist, following my passion and loving it. I'm the jeans and tshirt type, having grown up in various locales, from river-side sugar cane fields to tropical tourist spot, isolated farmstead to suburban slum, and now living in a quiet beachside suburb in the city. Reasonably intelligent though quite dense on occassion, with a wry sense of humour and a love of laughter. I donate blood and I almost always drop some coins in a buskers hat (even if they're terrible). I love a good zombie flick, a good comedy, trying new things, and thrill rides.

Used to be a gamer but don't play as much as I used to (DnD, Magic, WoW, the odd console game, rts, chess, khet). I confess I cannot speak Klingon (although I was once tempted to learn). I can hand code html, change a tyre and a petrol filter, swear in a few different languages (call it a hobby), fall convincingly off a surfboard, make balloon animals, tie a cherry stem into a knot with my tongue, and laugh at myself (probably also at you)

I play pool badly, my ballroom dancing is rusty, I'm hopeless when it comes to poker, I have no idea what to order at a bar, I'm terrible with names, and I frequently have paint, charcoal, or some other arty substance smudged somewhere on my person. An enigma, wrapped in a riddle, shrouded in mystery. Not really.

To me, art is a way of communicating an emotion, idea, or point of view. Looking at art should stretch the mind in new directions, intellectually or aesthetically. Works with layers of meaning are just as valid as simple, one dimensional pieces. This is the visual representation of us, here, now, as individuals, as a society, as a species. I'm an artist because I can't imagine NOT being an artist.

This year I'm getting a tattoo (but not telling you where), strutting my stuff at a few art exhibitions, diving with sharks, following my passions, and being happy.

success is not the key to happiness, happiness is the key to success. if you love what you are doing, you will be successful. - Buddha

winners forget they're in a race, they just love to run. - Simon Wilder

"Dear God," she prayed, "let me be something every minute of every hour of my life. Let me be gay; let me be sad. Let me be cold; let me be warm. Let me be hungry... have too much to eat. Let me be ragged or well dressed. Let me be sincere -- be deceitful. Let me be truthful; let me be a liar. Let me be honorable and let me sin. Only let me be something every blessed minute. And when I sleep, let me dream all the time so that not one little piece of living is ever lost." - Francie. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Betty Smith

to hell with the public, to hell with everyone. The only one who counts when I work is me. This attitude is normal for artists, although it gives a lot of people the willigigs - Albert Tucker

I'm of an age where I like to think of everything I do as a step in the right direction, a chance for personal growth and all that bullshit. - Christina Ricci