Robby McMurtry (Oct 21, 1950 – Aug 1, 2012) was a humorous guy, and he exhibited that in his artwork, as seen in the image above, taken at his show held at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in the fall of 2011.
McMurtry’s artistic talents included illustration, writing, novelist, storyteller and teacher.
The show (Sept. 9 – Nov. 1, 2011) was in connection with the release of his graphic novel, “The Road to Medicine Lodge: Jesse Chisholm in the Indian Nation.” It was sponsored by CTHC and the Fort Sill Apache Casino.
McMurtry, who grew up in the Velma area of Stephens County, discovered art as an outlet during his formative years. A 1969 graduate of Velma, McMurtry never forgot his roots. Even though he moved from Stephens County, he always returned – to teach art classes at both CTHC and during the Chisholm Trail Arts Council’s summer “Arts Explosion” program. His list of accomplishments included numerous awards.
His Irish-Cajun, Comanche heritage and deep friendships with Native Americans served as inspiration for his art. Robert Wayne McMurtry believed in giving back and helping children and adults connect with their inner artist. He was a schoolteacher for years in the small Oklahoma community of Morris, where he died at the age of 61.
To learn more of McMurtry, visit his Facebook memorial page where his obituary is listed: https://www.facebook.com/RobbyMcMurtryMemorialPage/info/?tab=page_info