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Teacher's art work featured on CBS-TV show (photo gallery)

The paintings of Richland High School art teacher Consuelo (Connie) Soto Murphy will appear on the CBS-TV show “Madam Secretary” beginning Sunday night January 14. Murphy’s work will be seen in character Kat Sandoval’s office played by Sara Ramirez.

Murphy has been an art teacher with the Richland School District for the past 28 years. She uses her life experiences as a migrant worker to create bright, beautiful landscapes. Murphy’s parents were migrant workers who came to Washington in the 1950’s from Mexico. 

“These landscapes and memories inspire my work,” explains Murphy. “My paintings honor my culture, heritage, and especially my family who worked so hard in the fields. I loved to draw from an early age and, when I went to work every morning, I would take mental notes of how the asparagus and all the fruits and vegetables looked up close.  When I was picking apples or cherries, I would think how pretty they were just dangling under the leaves.”

And how did Consuelo end up leaving the fields and teaching art at Richland High School? 

“The five youngest children in our family were able to go to school during the day and work part-time after school. I was one of the lucky ones able to get an education.”

Murphy’s artwork has been used by the Tri City Visitor’s Convention Bureau, for ads in Sunset Magazine, and for articles in many Mid-Colombia publications. She has also sold work internationally to customers in Italy, Monaco, Mexico and England.

Image Title: Walla Walla Onions
Walla Walla Onions

Image Title: Grandma Watching Over Me
Grandma Watching Over Me

Image Title: Apple Orchard
Apple Orchard

Image Title: Quitting Time
Quitting Time

Image Title: God Bless America
God Bless America