Specialising in landscape and seascape painting though many other subjects are included. Murray works in many mediums but is best known for his work in 'Artisan' water mixable oils. Murray is an SAA Professional Associate and Promoter and a Winsor and Newton featured artist.



When I was seven I had a long spell in hospital and my father used to bring in sketch pads and pencils for me and would encourage me to draw, I have enjoyed drawing and painting ever since, though for many years made my living from designing and making furniture. During this time I found that I had a flare for teaching and early in 1997 did a teacher training course which I put into practice with my first regular painting group, I have been painting and teaching ever since.

I very much enjoy working with all mediums but if I was forced to pick just one to work in for the rest of my life I would have no hesitation in choosing water mixable oil paint. I discovered it in 1998 as soon as Winsor & Newton released Artisan’ onto the market. My wife Cynthia had become asthmatic a year or two before which curtailed my working in traditional oils indoors due to the noxious fumes given off by the turpentine and mineral spirits used for thinning and cleaning up. The advent of ‘Artisan’ changed my painting life, I was able to paint indoors with oils again. The oils in ‘Artisan’ have been modified to break down in water so that you can thin the paint with water and clean your equipment after use with a little soap and water. Once the water has evaporated from your painting the oils remain and dry by oxidation as would traditional oil paint. Of course we now are also able to paint in more public places as water mixable oils are so much more user friendly.

Helen Van Wyk said that “painting is a series of corrections” which really hits the nail on the head, the more experienced we become the fewer corrections we have to make, but the joy of painting lies in the journey we embark on from our first tentative brush stroke to that dashing flourish at the end, the signature.

I love to teach and now tutor the 5 Bells Art Group at The Seely Hall in Brooke on a Tuesiday afternoon 14.00 to 16.00, I 'lead' painting holidays for H.F. Holidays and am running various painting holidays in Britain and Europe (see Exhibitions page for details). I also offer private tuition at my home studio for up one or two students at a time.



Fine Art / Painting


Totland Bay


(01983) 752059
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