Casey Murphey grew up in Rockville, Maryland and spent summer vacations in South Carolina. After school in Colorado and then graduation from Pratt Institute with a B.F.A. she moved into Manhattan. She spent most of her early adult life working in the fashion business, and for twenty years prior to moving to Charleston she was a Women's Sportwear, Private Label merchandising consultant for several of the largest manufacturers based in Hong Kong. This enabled her to extensively travel in both Europe and the far east. That exposure enabled her to appreciate the beauty and history of Charleston, which she feels is the most european of all U.S. cities. Casey has one son, Blake, who is currently attending Amherst College in Massachusetts.