Terry and Barbara Leary, Lake Superior, MI. 2013

about Barbara Murphy-Leary

Barbara Murphy-Leary, self-portrait; Surprise Lake, Grand Tetons National Park, WY.

green fairy projects

Hidden Lake, Glacier National, Park, MT. 2013


  • Dompierre, LLC a full service interior design showroom located in Marmora, NJ, serving the NY, Philadelphia and South Jersey communities for over 16 years, has included the works of Murphy-Leary in their showroom as part of  original artworks available for sale.                                                              
  • Murphy-Leary and Janis Quiggle, a clay and paper artist, will be the featured artists the month of August at the Cape May Artist's Cooperative Gallery. A meet the artist reception will be held, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015 from 4 to 7 p.m. The theme, is First Impressions. 

  • Murphy-Leary is one of the Cape May Cooperative Gallery Artists whose work is on exhibit at the Tea Shoppe in Stone Harbor, NJ.

  • Murphy-Leary is an exhibiting artist at the Cape May Artists' Cooperative Gallery, located at 122 Sunset Blvd., West Cape May, NJ. Her work is sold at the gallery.  For information visit  www.capemayartistcoop.com                                     

  • Murphy-Leary's Mixed Media,  "Linus-Chubby Cat" received an honorable mention award at the Dec. 2014 Ocean City, NJ Fine Arts League's,  Le Petit Show.

  • Murphy-Leary's Mixed Media selected for the 2014 Inaugural Juried Art Reception, Exhibition, Auction and Sale to Benefit the John Brooks Recovery Center at the Milton and Betty Katz JCC, Margate, NJ.

  • Murphy-Leary is a member of the Ocean City, NJ Fine Arts League.

Barbara Murphy-Leary at Surprise Lake, Grand Tetons National Park, WY. 2013 Her trip inspired the paintings below. 


​From the mind of a creative, everything is art.

"From the mind of a creative, everything is art," 

Barbara Murphy-Leary.

After raising a family and building a 30-year career as a public relations and marketing professional, Barbara Murphy-Leary sold her partnership in a business she co-founded and chose to approach her life’s path in a new way. 

Always known as a “creative” or “the ideas person” in the communications world, Murphy-Leary re-purposed that talent and now focuses on expressing herself via art.

Murphy-Leary began painting briefly while attending college as a marketing major at Villanova University. It was a relaxing pastime, but she put her brushes down shortly after graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. Over the next thirty years she had little time to paint, but continued to be inspired by artisans and fascinated by their unique perceptions of the world. 

In June, 2014 Murphy-Leary established Green Fairy Projects, LLC and built an online portfolio; GreenFairyProjects.com. The name was inspired by the many celebrated bohemian artists and writers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries including; Van Gogh, Picasso and Hemingway who enjoyed an occasional glass of absinthe often referred to as Green Fairy. It was the muse for artistic enlightenment, exploration, inspiration, ideas and a more liberated state of mind.  

Murphy-Leary, a self taught artist, works with mixed media, acrylics, oil and found objects she re-imagines. Occasionally, she will put on her public relations and marketing cap and consult. She is a creative and always willing to explore, question and embrace opportunities that inspire her. She and her husband reside in Marmora, NJ.