Long Beach artist overcomes MS with paint – Press Telegram

Lauren White-Murphy has made a name for herself in the entertainment industry as a songwriter, ghostwriter, best-selling songwriter, as well as a theater, television, and voice-over actress.

She even entered the Eurovision Song Contest and had her name featured on an Irish TV show.

But now the Long Beach resident is focusing on a different art form, which she will showcase at an exhibit premiering later this week. The reason is because of a life-changing event for White-Murphy in April 2018 – six weeks before his 30th birthday:

She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Multiple sclerosis is a neurodegenerative disease that causes damage to the nerves that facilitate communication between the brain and the body.

“I was really sick and noticed changes in my body and in me,” said the artist, born in Dublin, Ireland. “I woke up one day wanting to paint, but the funny thing is, I had never painted before. I couldn’t draw a straight line. It just clicked in my brain.

She put down her musical instruments and picked up brushes. She put down her pen and paper and entered the world of sketches and canvas.

White-Murphy said she continued to improve in her second act and knew she would improve further:

“I have good days and bad days,” she said. “I’m lucky to have found art as therapy.”

His hard work paid off.

His paintings have been exhibited all over Europe and now his first Long Beach exhibition, called Lolopop World, will come to Loiter Galleries, 425 The Promenade North, in downtown Long Beach starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 13 . The exhibition will end on September 3.

“Lolopop World is a dynamic collection of mixed-media paintings,” said Vinny Picardi, co-owner of the gallery. “Because the effects of MS began to limit her movement and her ability to memorize, she began to use painting as therapy. This exhibit is a vibrant testament to his gut strength, as well as his unique talents.

The gallery, Picardi said, discovered White-Murphy through a friend. Picardi loved her artistry and her story and how she battled MS to do a great job.

“We wanted to make sure she is healthy; we are sensitive to his condition,” Picardi said. “All his pieces are for sale. She loves the diversity and art scene of Long Beach. She expresses herself on the web and what she sees. He is a brave person. She passes through.

White-Murphy has admitted to being a perfectionist in everything she does. She primarily paints vibrant and bold large-scale portraits and has done pieces for celebrities Selma Blair, Guillermo Del Toro, Perez Hilton, the “Jersey Shore” cast and Kris Jenner.

“At the time I met Kris Jenner, I was doing pop art of successful women,” White-Murphy said. “I’m always inspired by people doing something for themselves. So when I painted Kris, I used 3,000 Swarovski crystals.

These crystals aren’t the only thing you’ll find on her palette. She also used 24k gold, diamond dust and layered resin

“My theme is luxury and meaning,” she said.

White-Murphy will feature 15 pieces in his Lolopop World exhibit.

“So, Lolo is my nickname; that’s what my family calls me,” White-Murphy said. “And when I got into art, I wanted to focus on pop culture and my love for Hollywood, so I brought the two together.”

White-Murphy is also a relatively new arrival in Long Beach – which she is now happy to call home.

“Long Beach was never on my radar,” she said. “I lived in North Hollywood and needed a change. LA was always go-go-go, I wanted to live by the water, but not in Orange County. Long Beach has a great vibe.

Having MS was tough, but, White-Murphy said, she was blessed to have found the ability to paint and build a business while being a positive influence on others going through tough times.

“I’m just happy to be able to share this gift,” she said. “I am interested in everything. I jump from one piece to another and I don’t measure the time. Bad things can happen, the worst diagnosis can happen, but you have to make the most of your time.

“It’s like living my dream through works of art.”

Galeries Loiter are open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. from Thursday to Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The phone number is 310-968-1693.

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