Torgesen Murdock: Mormon Artist
Torgesen Murdock is a modern impressionistic painter from Pocatello, Idaho. She was born on a ranch in Soda Springs, Idaho. She took her first art class during her last year of high school, but went on to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Utah State University. She studied for a month in 2002 under impressionist Igor Vademovich Petrov at the Repin Academie in St. Petersburg, Russia. She has also studied with Alvin Gittins of the University of Utah, Joseph Mugnaini of Otis in Los Angeles, and other notables, such as Gaell Lindstrom, Adrian Van Suchtlan, Harrison Groutage, Ovanes Berberian, and Harley Brown. She predominantly works in oils, but has worked with watercolors, pastels, and graphite.
She won the grand prize for landscapes at the International Artist Magazine Challenge for her painting of the Dolomites mountain range located in northeastern Italy, part of the Alps. She was featured in the December 2014/January 2015 issue of International Artist Magazine and a four-page spread in American Art Collector’s December 2014 issue.
Her work has been displayed in the Springville Museum of Art (Springville, Utah), the Joseph Smith Memorial Building (Salt Lake City), and the Bountiful/Davis Art Center (Bountiful, Utah). She has participated in national juried shows such as the Northwest Watercolor Society, Idaho Watercolor Society, Northwest Signatures, and Festival of the American West. Her paintings have also appeared in books 100 Ways to Paint Seascapes, Rivers, and Lakes, Splash 10, and Splash 7. She is represented by Zantman Art Galleries.
Murdock is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.