• Janet Murphy is an Idaho illustrator and her favorite medium is watercolor. She acquired many of her most valued art techniques through travel and life experience as well as attending courses taught by working illustrators in college. She’s is also a skilled graphic designer. Her artistic work history includes ten years of teaching young students the art of illustration. visit http://janetmurphydesigns.com/portfolio/watercolor-illlustration/ for samples.

    Janet illustrated “critterstory” in collaboration with Idaho author, Niki LeClair. Self-published June, 2018, distributed by Sweetgrass Books Sept 2019, this children’s picture book brings poetry to life through colorful and whimsical watercolor illustrations.


  • My illustrations are inspired by animals and landscapes seen while on outdoor adventures. I approach watercolor painting with a colorful and realistic style to inspire children (and adults) to be more curious about nature. I love the challenge of painting the whimsical personalities of critters in their natural environment.  A successful illustration to me is when someone views one my images and finds a connection reminding them of a special time in their life.

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