Sandra Murphy

Contemporary Realist

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Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Phil Couture's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 2 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 2 months ago
Lovely soft colours.



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Deborah Tilby's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 2 months ago
I always love your boat paintings, Deborah.



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Sally Tharp's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 4 months ago
Beautifully done!



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Blair Atherholt's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 4 months ago
This is absolutely fantastic!



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Berry Fritz's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 5 months ago
Gorgeous!



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Berry Fritz's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 5 months ago
Beautiful!



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Deborah Tilby's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 5 months ago
Beautiful!



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Jonathan Hayes's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 5 months ago
Love this!



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Lawrence Preston's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 5 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 8 months ago
What a beautiful portrait!



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Steven Hileman's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 8 months ago
Very inviting!



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Jonathan Hayes's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 8 months ago
I want to wander right down that lane way.



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Anna Bain's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 8 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 8 months ago
Beautiful



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Lawrence Preston's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 9 months ago
Incredible work!



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Richard Christian Nelson's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 9 months ago
Beautiful!



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Susan Paterson's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 9 months ago
This is exquisite! I can't even imagine painting all that beautiful lace and cutwork.



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Holly Bedrosian's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 10 months ago
Fantastic portrait!



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Graham Berry's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 10 months ago
Beautifully done!



 
Sandra Murphy Commented
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 Graham Berry's  Artwork 
Sandra Murphy 10 months ago
Beautiful 1



 



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Representation


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



Biography
Sandra Murphy is a realist oil painter living in the Toronto area. Although always interested in art, it wasn't until mid-life that she took her first art class. She had seen an ad for classes at the Art Gallery of Ontario, mentioned it in passing to her son and promptly forgot about it. That Christmas, Murphy's two children presented her with a gift certificate for a beginners' watercolour class at the AGO. That gift changed Murphy's life forever.
 
Murphy is now a graduate of the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto, one of the few ateliers in Canada teaching the classic techniques of the Old Masters, and happily pursues her art full time.
 
Murphy paints mostly still lifes, although she does occasionally do figurative work or a portrait from life. Her still life paintings feature antique or vintage items, children's toys, old tools, common household items, wine or fresh flowers; whatever captures her eye and imagination. She likes things with a history, that are worn, rusty, well used or obviously much loved, such as children's toys. Viewers have said they find her paintings peaceful or soothing. Some have sparked in the viewer a fond recollection of things they or someone in their family used to have. 
 
Drawn to the beauty of fresh flowers, Murphy has recently embarked on a series of floral paintings. The challenge is to capture the essence of the flowers and their fleeting beauty before they change, wilt or die. This elusive goal keeps Murphy coming back to try again and again to get it right.
 
Working from life, never photography, Murphy arranges her flowers and any other objects to be included in the painting on a stand beside her easel. This she lights to create interesting shadow patterns, then sketches directly on a prepared panel using thinned Burnt Umber. She carefully [...]

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