Lena Murray is a classically trained painter who was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia. She received her art training at the prestigious Repin Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in St. Petersburg, Russia, the oldest classical academy in the world.
Lena Murray is also a founder and director of the Bridgeview School of Fine Arts in New York City, where Russian-trained artists teach painting and sculpture to children. The school has been in business since 2000 and has grown to more than 200 students. Every summer Lena and her husband John lead a group of artists for a Plein Aire Tour in France.
Lena's subject matter includes landscapes, figure and still life. She is particularly interested in color, mood and atmosphere when it comes to capturing her subjects. Lena finds her inspiration in the works of the Old Masters, but she seeks to express her own vision in portraying everyday life. Her work is in many private collections in the US, Italy, France, Holland and Russia.
She had 4 solo shows at the Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo, MD and one solo show at Gallery 109 in Alexandria, VA. She exhibits her work at various galleries in Washington DC area.
In 2010 her work was featured in 2010 summer issue of American Artist Magazine in the article “Variations on Impressionist Painting” by Stephen Doherty.
In 2013 and 2015 she won the Annual Yellow Barn Studio Juried Show at Glen Echo, MD.
In 2013 The Voice of America featured her solo show at Gallery 109 under the title “Artists Live Long Lives”. In 2016 she has exhibited 8 paintings at the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD.