Charlene Murphy was born in Massachusetts and spent most of her young adult life at Fernald State School. She attended Gateway Arts until August 2020.
While in her twenties, Murphy was placed at Gateway Arts as one of the original 8 Gateway artists over 40 years ago. While at Gateway, Murphy loved to draw and paint, and primarily created works in the Fabric, Paper, and Folk Art production studios. Murphy historically depicted men and women in the simplest form; however, her focus toward the end of her time at Gateway turned to drawing and painting whimsical animals.
Murphy’s work has been exhibited locally at The Gateway Gallery, the Mall at Chestnut Hill in Boston, and Brookline Open Studios.