Born in Montreal, Raynald Murphy obtained a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Fine Arts from Concordia University in 1975. He taught for the Montreal Catholic School Commission for 32 years, some 20 of these in the arts.
He is a signature member of la Société canadienne d’aquarelle, regularly contributes to the magazine l’aquarelliste and gives watercolor and drawing workshops.
“I live for art, watercolour in particular, but also for drawing. I believe drawing is the basis of all art, the artist’s signature. I draw everywhere: at life-drawing workshops, in the subway, at food courts, in the bus and in Museums. The majority of my watercolours are painted from life. In winter, I paint from my car or from windows of public buildings. In the studio I use the many drawings of people, landscapes, interiors or city scenes hidden in my numerous sketchbooks from which I combine to form new situations, inventing my own colour scheme.’
Raynald’s watercolors and drawings have been reproduced in four coffee-table books edited by Les heures bleues: Carnets de Montréal de A à Z …en mots et en images (2007); Carnets du Vieux-Montréal (2011); Carnets du Richelieu (2013) and Carnets de la Gaspésie (2014). He is presently working on a fifth illustrated book, Carnets du Métro de Montréal which will be lauched in November in time for the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the Métro system.
He is represented by Galerie Symbol Art in Montreal and by The Rouge Gallery in Saskatoon. His work and his writings can be found on various web sites and social media.