Elizabeth Murray is an internationally celebrated author, photographer and lifestyle innovator. Her mission is to inspire and enable people to deepen their creativity, spirituality and connection to nature for more purpose and passion in their lives. As a speaker and workshop leader, Elizabeth uses her stunning photographic images, personal stories, garden metaphors, and warm humor to inspire the imagination of her audience to connect with what has heart and meaning, and to express their own creativity.
Elizabeth’s passion for nature and appreciation of beauty and people inspired her to travel around the world, working on diverse projects – from assisting to restore Monet’s Gardens in Giverny, France, to working in remote African villages, the wilderness of Haida Gwaii islands to the Amazon rain forest. At 17 she lived in Kyoto Japan and at 18 she began her life-time commitment to organic gardening, mentored by Helen and Scott Nearing, in Maine.
Elizabeth is perhaps best-known for her work helping to restore Monet’s gardens and photographing them for 30 years. Her photos have traveled with Monet’s paintings to eight museums, as well as the New York Botanical Gardens with over 370,000 visitors. Her photographic work is permanently shown in museums, public hospitals, corporations and private collections in the United States, Europe and Japan. Her best selling books, Monet’s Passion, Ideas, Insights and Inspiration from the Painter’s Gardens and Cultivating Sacred Space: Gardening from the Soul along with her annual calendars have sold over a million copies. Living Life in Full Bloom: 120 Daily Practices to Deepen Your Passion, Creativity & Relationships is her newest book, published in 2014.
Elizabeth lives in Monterey, California, in a historic redwood home surrounded by her garden sanctuary. A keynote speaker and mentor, she offers inspirational workshops and retreats at her home and in locations around the country and world.
I have been photographing for 50+ years, beginning with a Rolleiflex 2 ¼ format. I have always loved capturing the moment in a person’s life or a landscape. As a painter I enjoy rendering my photographs with paints, drawing and more. As a writer, I want each image to tell a story of intimacy, love of place or person.
I have photographed Monet’s Gardens in Giverny, France for over 30 years, where I was a gardener. I have a personal relationship with these gardens. My photographs reflect my love and intimacy with them. I like making bodies of work over time.
Link to short film on vimeo: https://vimeo.com/92533338