A Short Biography:
Contact: Heather Murphy
Heather is a Pacific Northwest notecard artist, wildlife biologist, watercolorist, and nature writer. She holds a Forest Technology degree from Wenatchee Valley College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Habitat Management from the University of Washington, where she also studied drawing. Her watercolors, journal sketches and migratory bird paintings have been selected for conservation education programs in the Pacific Northwest and the Western Hemisphere. The Sleeping Lady 2016 Calendar solely featured Heather's art.
Heather's agency career spanned from 1974 to 2005, when she retired from the U.S. Forest Service as a wildlife biologist on the Wenatchee River Ranger District. She currently leads Citizen Science programs as a volunteer for the U.S.F.S.
Walleye Cards, LLC and Wildtales Journals, Heather's naturalist notecard and journal business, was founded in 1997. Her woman-owned, small independent business donates over 10% of sales to conservation and arts organizations.
Heather presented "Wildlife and Art of National Forests" to the Smithsonian Institution's 2005 Folklife Festival in Washington D.C. She was the Artist-InResidence for the North Cascades National Park in 2007. She has offered nature journaling workshops for adults and students throughout her travels to Paris; the Scottish Highlands and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Heather is an Artist in Resident for the Icicle Fund CHA CHA (2020 & 2021).
Special neotropical migratory birds projects, which Heather helped co-found, are: Team Naturaleza! and Dancing With Birds. Both programs connect people with natural science education, and with migratory birds in the Western Hemisphere.
Heather notes that much of her success is from her remarkable family and friends, above all her husband, Patrick. They live in Leavenworth, Washington's Icicle Valley in view of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
Influenced by the original peoples and the early scientist-explorers of the West, I mix natural history notes with watercolor field observations. Blending science and art is intriguing to me both as a wildlife biologist and as an artist-painter.
Traveling through wildlands across the world, I keep sketchbook memories of sights, sounds and smells, journaling, capturing the 'sense of place'. It is enriching to learn about the uniqueness of an area through landforms, vegetation, wild things and the people who came before. I hope my artwork moves others to seek the out-of-doors, go hiking or remember a special time, a special person, or a special place.
- Heather A. Wallis Murphy 2021
Walleye Cards, LLC (where did I get this name?)
Wildtales (what is this?)
Wildtales, my registered website name since 1998, comes from my vision of recording stories from the wild. Be on the lookout for notecards, journals, stories, and books to come from Wildtales.com over the years.
Sketchbook Memories (what does this mean?)
Wholesale inquiries will be considered,
Notecards, artwork, illustrations, stories and text by Heather Murphy, Wildlife Biologist, Artist & Nature Writer, in Leavenworth, Washington. All Artwork and Text is copyright protected by Heather Murphy © 1997 to 2021 -- Walleye Cards, LLC