butch’s sculpture practice came on quite late in his life as he searched for a meaningful form of expression and creativity. He was mentored by his long term friendship with Michel Beaudry and Bonnie Baxter giving him hints, encouraging him without dogma. Murphy’s wife, Corva, with her foundation in Art History, provided an academic data base. He formed two successful organizations quickly broadening his knowledge in the field, The Oval Table (an artist salon) and the Oak Hall Art Soirées. Early on he was able to exhibit in local galleries in Columbia, Missouri, with a solo show of seven sculptures at the Ashby Hodge Gallery of American Art. With Murphy’s “sought out” connections he developed several ongoing venues for public display of his works in Mid Missouri. Although he has focused on horses for his models, he explores other forms of pure abstraction influenced by the Cubist Movement, Expressionism and a better understanding of Materiality. After just 6 years completing 43 unique horse sculptures, he was advanced to a higher level of acknowledgement when one of his sculptures standing across the street from the Kemper Museum of Modern Art in Kansas City, was stolen and not recovered.