“Like any skill
practice practice practice is what will take you to another level.”

Steve Murnaghan Thursday 6.30 - 9pm

Name: Steve Murnaghan
Occupation: Company Director
Joined NSA since: 2011

NSA: What doodle / drawing / painting did you do in your early life that you were the most proud of? How old were you?

STEVE: I have been doodling all my life and continue to do so. Every day. I tend to do faces/characters, trees, flags, circus tents (for some reason!), steps, perspective, buildings, anything really. I use an Artline .4mm black pen for everything and it happens to be a great pen for doodling!

NSA: Have you been always artistic / creative? if so, in what way?

STEVE: Yes. It was the one subject at school that I was any good at. My father was fairly artistic so I guess it runs in the blood. I went to art school after high school and then into graphic design & print as a career. I am now in marketing and promotion but still in a creative field.

"Old Man" by Steve Murnaghan
“Old Man”

NSA: What made you join NSA? Where did you hear/find about NSA?

STEVE: I was given a Red Balloon voucher for a birthday present and was so pleased to see an art school as one of the options. I had been thinking about doing an art course of some kind so it was a perfect solution.

NSA: If you are allowed to have any famous painting in the world on your wall, what would it be and Why?

STEVE: The Bal du moulin de la Galette by Renoir. I love the atmosphere the picture depicts. You can almost hear the chatter and laughter and the hubbub of people having a good time. I also love the flickering light of the afternoon sun through the trees. It would also be extremely pleasing to have one of the worlds most valuable paintings on my wall!

STEVE: if I was allowed to have any artwork (and not just a painting) I would have the Dying Gaul, a sculpture that I saw many years ago in Rome. Unknown sculptor, unknown age. It was discovered in the 17th century so it is certainly very old. What I love about it is the perfect depiction of the human form and how it was executed so perfectly all those years ago.

NSA: What are you working on in the class right now and what would you like to achieve with your art within a year?

STEVE: I am concentrating on portraiture at NSA. I have got a landscape on the go at home. I have a particular style in mind for my portraiture so I want to keep working towards that over the course of this year.

"Vic" by Steve Murnaghan

"Lake Eyre" - Steve Murnaghan
“Lake Eyre”

NSA: why do you take the class, or what do you get out of it?

STEVE: Like any skill practice practice practice is what will take you to another level. I am enjoying developing my art skills but I also enjoy the relaxation that the class provides. You leave all life’s stresses at the door when you arrive at class! It’s also a nice group of people with a common passion.

NSA: Finally, would you design a T-shirt for Mike to wear in the class?

Designed by Steve Murnaghan

Mike said “Old art students never die’ it was obvious Steve had been to art school a long….. long time ago, it never leaves you within a term some of his work was reaching proffessional standards  He is a delight to exchange creative ideas with because of his experience he grasps things imediately he makes my job as a teacher so easy( it chokes me to say that in view of where he is from and the team he supports, who’s name I cannot bring myself to type)
A word about the design on my t-shirt………………..bastard!”

One Day Booster Portrait Workshops

Saturdays 10am – 4pm (45 min lunch break)

  • 30th March 2013
  • 1st June 2013
  • 31st August 2013
  • 9th November 2013

* Please note: Dates can be changed according to students’ needs.

These are for students who have completed beginners portrait workshops. Live model all day. Extra one day booster workshop will be added depending on demand. Please feel free to ask us if your have any questions about the workshop, send us an email to info[at]art-art.com.au / phone: +61 (0)2 9968 1233 .

We asked Steve during the lunch break about the Portrait Workshop he joined.