This open [sketch]book series began in January 2015, as an experiment and a lark; a desire to play quickly and daily without quite knowing what might emerge. 

Most days, I took breaks between the slower and more considered work of my larger-scale canvases, and made a deliberate effort to settle at least one painted page. I didn't always succeed, but when I did I took a picture of the piece and shared it with fans on Instagram (@tmurdza.studioart), posting what often felt like raw work in front of a growing audience of artists and other good lookers; people both local and around the world who were willing to look at my messy, freewheeling, sometimes gloriously connected and inspired marks with me, and to also share their own. 

The pieces offered here are a curated selection from this ongoing project. Join us for almost daily hellos from the studio on Instagram @tmurdza.studioart (you don't need an account to look). 

So and also:

There is something wonderful about the power and influence of vulnerability shared in plain sight and public places. Not just at formal shows, but as a body of work reveals itself. It makes me more keenly aware of the precise moments of shape-making, emotion, and contact - not so much with narrating the beginnings and the ends, but opening up the middles. Making marks within the potent middle of things. With you. Yes, you. Do you see?

We are in this thing together.
Everything is a love letter.

Portland, Oregon

Artist Thérèse Murdza builds her signature bright, richly textured paintings for both commercial and residential collections. Using an animated range of circles, lines and colors, she creates large, multi-paneled works on canvas, and smaller works on canvas and paper. From her studio in Portland, Oregon, she works with gallerists, design professionals, agents, and private collectors to place her artwork internationally. Learn more at