Sandra Murphy

Contemporary Realist Oil Painter

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Sandra Murphy Posted Artwork 
2 days ago 
Sole Survivor by Sandra Murphy
Oil 16 inches x 12 inches
 
 

 
Sandra Murphy Posted Artwork 
2 days ago 
White Hydrangeas by Sandra Murphy
Oil 14 inches x 11 inches
 
 

 
Sandra Murphy Posted Artwork 
7 days ago 
Me at McAlpine Gallery by Sandra Murphy
 
 

 
Sandra Murphy Posted Artwork 
24 days ago 
Sandra Murphy - colour headshot by Sandra Murphy
 
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Sandra Murphy Posted Artwork 
24 days ago 
Sandra Murphy - colour headshot by Sandra Murphy
 
 

 
Sandra Murphy Posted Artwork 
7 months ago 
Classical Treasures by Sandra Murphy
Oil 20 x 16
 
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Sandra Murphy Posted Artwork 
7 months ago 
Sunflowers and Cast Iron Sparrows by Sandra Murphy
20" x 16"
 
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Sandra Murphy Posted Artwork 
7 months ago 
Shoe In by Sandra Murphy
16 x 20
 
 

 
Sandra Murphy Posted Artwork 
8 months ago 
Classical Treasures by Sandra Murphy
20 x 16
 
 

 
Sandra Murphy Posted Artwork 
8 months ago 
Christening Gown by Sandra Murphy
48" x 24"
 
 

 
Sandra Murphy Posted Artwork 
12 months ago 
Wine & Cheese Snack by Sandra Murphy
14 x 11
 
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Sandra Murphy Posted Artwork 
12 months ago 
Daffodils & Ironwork Grille by Sandra Murphy
20 x 16
 
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Sandra Murphy 12 months ago
Ah, thanks so much Todd!

 
Sandra Murphy Posted Artwork 
12 months ago 
Blue Hydrangeas by Sandra Murphy
20 x 16
 
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Sandra Murphy Posted Artwork 
12 months ago 
Fresh Asparagus by Sandra Murphy
20 x 16
 
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Sandra Murphy Posted Artwork 
12 months ago 
Chocolate Bunnies by Sandra Murphy
12 x 12
 
 

 
Sandra Murphy Posted Artwork 
16 months ago 
David (standing) by Sandra Murphy
28 x 16
 
 

 
Sandra Murphy Posted Artwork 
18 months ago 
Amaryllis in Winter by Sandra Murphy
Oil 48 x 24
 
A beautiful white amaryllis I picked up after Christmas and painted from life. The painting is almost monochromatic except for the green of the leaves and stem and the Granny Smith apple.
 

 
Sandra Murphy Posted Artwork 
20 months ago 
On the Brink by Sandra Murphy
12 inches x 9 inches
 
 

 
Sandra Murphy Posted Artwork 
20 months ago 
Bunny by Sandra Murphy
Oil 7 inches x 5 inches
 
This was a commission done for my sister-in-law.
 

 
Sandra Murphy Posted Artwork 
20 months ago 
Sunflowers by Sandra Murphy
Oil 20 inches x 16 inches
 
 

 
Sandra Murphy Posted Artwork 
20 months ago 
Quiet Beauty by Sandra Murphy
Oil 24 inches x 20 inches
 
White roses and antiques painted from life.
 

 



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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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