The Imperfectionist

San Jose, California · 279 Sales


The Imperfectionist

San Jose, California 279 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   Hello There! Thank you for visiting and taking a peek! This shop features my collection of art prints, buttons & also my new line of greeting cards.

To see or purchase my original paintings please go to


Last updated on May 1, 2017

Hello There! Thank you for visiting and taking a peek! This shop features my collection of art prints, buttons & also my new line of greeting cards.

To see or purchase my original paintings please go to

Murphy Adams

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Murphy Adams

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5 out of 5 stars
Kelli Hall

Kelli Hall on Nov 4, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

My Evil Twin LOVED this!!!!!!!!! This is my second purchase from your studio and you never disappoint. So very colorful and whimsical.......

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Watching and listening are my super powers

My name is Murphy Adams and mostly I'm a painter, but I also love to hand-build with clay and sew and do embroidery. I guess my work is about emotion, the everyday struggle of being human. Life is somewhat of a hilarious mess, and I think I’m just trying to make some sense out of it. My paintings are narrative little stories, that I've culled from simply watching and listening, I think it's my super power. I take my intel and visually process it with acrylics, gouaches, colored inks and pencils on paper or wood and also make the occasional odd clay piece and am recently into embroidered paintings with thread. I use both hands to create with as I'm most comfortable with imperfection; symmetry and staying inside the lines makes my anxious. I’m drawn to American folk art, visionary and outsider artists and narrative works of art.

When I'm not making art I make pies, grow vegetables and talk to dogs. I show my original paintings and sculptures in several galleries, my prints and greeting cards are available in many amazing retail locations and I also do some freelance illustration as well as handmade tile and mosaic work for public and private clients. I live in Northern California with a nutty professor of a husband, a bunch of rescue critters and 2 almost fully cooked children who desperately need to move out.
Thanks for being here.

For more me, I have a portfolio website at

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  • Murphy Adams

    Owner, Maker, Creator

    I'm a mixed painter and ceramicist from Northern California.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 21, 2015
Welcome to my studio shop of original paintings, prints and clay work by me, Murphy Adams! Please feel free to ask me anything and check out my "About" section for more information.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Money Order
  • Other Method
Returns and exchanges
Returns: If you are not completely happy with the work you have purchased from me I will be happy to refund or replace plus shipping costs when you send the piece back. If the piece is damaged during the shipping process I will either replace the piece or if it was original attempt to recreate a similar original piece or refund your purchase. In order to do so the piece must be mailed back to me. I ask that any returns or exchanges be done within 10 days of receiving your order.
I take PayPal and direct payment with a credit card. If you need to cancel a sale contact me within 24 hours, and we'll work something out.
SHIPPING: Carefully packaged and shipped with love from San Jose, California / USA, usually within 2 days of payment. Unframed prints are shipped first class in the United States, larger and framed pieces are shipped priority mail. I’m happy to ship internationally, please ask for an international quote if not listed. International packages are sent first class mail (delivery times vary).

If you need your purchase right away, message me and if possible I'll get it in the mail asap, or if you would like it over-night or insured, please send me that info.

It's important that you're happy and communication is key so please let me know!
Additional policies and FAQs
I retain all rights to reproduce my artwork. It is not to be copied in any way without the written consent of the artist (me). Thank You.

All pieces can be purchased framed or unframed, just convo me for more information.

I'm open to consignment inquiries, commissions or trades, just contact me!

To see more of my work visit:

I also have a Facebook page where I offer sneak peeks at new work, coupon codes and news about upcoming events and shows. Like me here!