Sandra Murphy

Contemporary Realist

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

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

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

 
Sandra Murphy Posted Artwork 
9 months ago 
Wine & Cheese Snack by Sandra Murphy
14 x 11
 
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Sandra Murphy Posted Artwork 
9 months ago 
Daffodils & Ironwork Grille by Sandra Murphy
20 x 16
 
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Sandra Murphy 9 months ago
Ah, thanks so much Todd!

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

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

 
Sandra Murphy Posted Artwork 
15 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 
17 months ago 
On the Brink by Sandra Murphy
12 inches x 9 inches
 
 

 
Sandra Murphy Posted Artwork 
17 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 
17 months ago 
Sunflowers by Sandra Murphy
Oil 20 inches x 16 inches
 
 

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

 
Sandra Murphy Posted Artwork 
18 months ago 
Christmas Cactus by Sandra Murphy
16 inches x 20 inches
 
 

 
Sandra Murphy Posted Artwork 
20 months ago 
Remember when pumpkins were orange? by Sandra Murphy
16 x 20
 
 

 
Sandra Murphy Posted Artwork 
23 months ago 
Fleeting Beauty by Sandra Murphy
Oil 16 x 12
 
This is a small bouquet of red ranunculus.
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Sandra Murphy Posted Artwork 
25 months ago 
A Pitcher of Spring by Sandra Murphy
Oil 16 x 12
 
A friend loaned me this most unusual polka-dotted rooster pitcher. I filled it with tulips, which signify spring, a most welcome season after a long, cold winter.
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Sandra Murphy Posted Artwork 
25 months ago 
The Scent of Spring by Sandra Murphy
Oil 12 x 12
 
I love hyacinths for both their beauty and their incredible scent, a scent that for me means spring is finally here!
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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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