Sandra Murphy

Contemporary Realist Oil Painter

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Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Susan Paterson's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 1 month ago
Beautifully done!



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Lawrence Preston's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 2 months ago
Beautiful!



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Lawrence Preston's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 2 months ago
Love this painting!



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Deborah Tilby's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 3 months ago
Always love your work!



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Berry Fritz's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 3 months ago
Adorable! Love the bright colours and the fine detail on the cloth.



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Phil Couture's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 5 months ago
Gorgeous! I love the back view of the obi (I think that's what it's called).



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Deborah Tilby's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 5 months ago
Lovely soft colours.



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Deborah Tilby's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 5 months ago
I always love your boat paintings, Deborah.



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Sally Tharp's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 7 months ago
Beautifully done!



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Blair Atherholt's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 7 months ago
This is absolutely fantastic!



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Berry Fritz's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 8 months ago
Gorgeous!



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Berry Fritz's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 8 months ago
Beautiful!



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Deborah Tilby's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 8 months ago
Beautiful!



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Jonathan Hayes's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 8 months ago
Love this!



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Lawrence Preston's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 8 months ago
Incredible apples! You can sense the crispness of them.



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Richard Christian Nelson's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 11 months ago
What a beautiful portrait!



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Steven Hileman's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 11 months ago
Very inviting!



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Jonathan Hayes's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 11 months ago
I want to wander right down that lane way.



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Anna Bain's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 11 months ago
This is absolutely gorgeous! The work on her dress is particularly lovely.



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Anna Bain's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 11 months ago
Beautiful



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Lawrence Preston's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 12 months ago
Incredible work!



 



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Representation


Biggs' Gallery & Frame Shop
Aurora, Ontario - 905-727-6308



Biography
A classically-trained oil painter, Sandra Murphy took her first art class the year she turned fifty. She saw an ad for classes at the Art Gallery of Ontario, told her son she thought that would be fun, then promptly forgot about it. At Christmas, Murphy's children gave her a gift certificate for a beginners' watercolour class. That gift changed her life. After that first class, she signed up for another and another, eventually enrolling at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto, one of the few ateliers in Canada teaching the techniques of the Old Masters. Now a graduate, she pursues her art full time.
 
Murphy paints mostly still lifes featuring fresh flowers, antiques, children's toys, old tools, common household items, wine, cheese, whatever captures her eye and imagination. She likes things with a history, things that are worn, rusty, well used or obviously much loved. Viewers say they find her paintings peaceful, soothing or that they have sparked fond recollections. 
 
Drawn to the beauty of fresh flowers and the challenge of capturing that fleeting beauty, many of Murphy's more recent works are florals. As Murphy only paints from life, never photographs, her goal is to capture the flowers before they change, wilt or die. Most flowers change quite a bit in the span of a single painting session. In some ways, it's a bit like painting a life model. No matter how hard they try to sit still, there is always some subtle movement.
 
Murphy arranges her flowers and any other objects to be included in the painting on a stand beside her easel, lighting them to create interesting shadow patterns. Unless it's a particularly complex composition, she then sketches with her paintbrush directly onto a prepared panel using thinned Burnt Umber. She carefully separates the lights and darks, does a thin underpainting of [...]

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