Chandler Murphy began sketching when he was in day care. It was a formative part of his early years until life happened – his mother and brother moved to West Africa. Activities he had previously loved to do suddenly stopped being fun; as he shifted his focus to his personal life, he took a break from creating art.
Chandler is now settled in Washington D.C., studying at American University, and his love for art has returned. Without any formal training, he is still adapting to calling himself an artist, finding that self-doubt and pressure occasionally stagnate his creativity. “I’m lucky to be in D.C. There are all kinds of people and you can see that around every corner.” With the history, culture, food, and diversity that D.C. embodies, Chandler has found inspiration and appreciation for his hometown, helping him overcome his creative blocks. “What D.C. feels like to me is what all of America should be – …accepting [of] different cultures, different people, different sexualities, everything. Difference is really celebrated here.”
In his most recent project in downtown D.C at Gallery Place, Chandler wanted to capture the history, diversity, and hard-working nature of the unique city. “I skated around the city and fell in love with D.C. all over again. I was hoping people would feel the essence of the city, not just because of the obvious landmarks.”
“What D.C. feels like to me is what all of America should be – …accepting [of] different cultures, different people, different sexualities, everything. Difference is really celebrated here.”
Today, Chandler is focused on his education, “just learning as much as I can.” He has also found a home in D.C., with no intention of leaving anytime soon. “It’s a great place for people who are young and independent. There’s something here for everybody. No matter what you want to do, there’s something for everyone.”