Born in Courtney, BC, Ray took an early interest in art, often painting and drawing in his free time after school. He moved to North Vancouver in 1988 to attend the commercial art program at Capilano College, and upon graduation, worked as a free lance illustrator for a brief period before changing his focus to fine art. In addition to his college training, Ray completed the Federation of Canadian Artists Foundation program and began showing his work as an active member. In the spring of 2000 he received his signature status (Associate Member).
Working primarily in oils, Ray enjoys painting the rugged beauty of our west coast landscape, local and European street scenes, cityscapes, and marine subjects. Light, texture, colour and contrast play important roles in the images he creates, and he likes experimenting with different surfaces and techniques to find ways of more expressive interpretations.
Ray and his wife, Heidi travel frequently and they have visited Australia, Europe, South East Asia and Central and South America. He finds travel an important stimulus for growth and inspiration in his work, through visiting art galleries, museums and experiencing other cultures. He and Heidi reside in North Vancouver, living in the centre of a living landscape that offers new material for canvases everyday.
Door # 5 12 x 9 in. Oil on board
Door # 4 12 x 9 in. Oil on board
Breaking Sky on the Parkway 10 x 10 in. Oil on canvas
October Skies 12 x 24 in. Oil on canvas
May Sky Reflected, Hansen Meadows, Cape Scott 12 x 24 in. Oil on canvas
Leaning to the Light Study 8 x 10 in. Oil on board
Malaspina Formations 8 x 6 in. Oil on board
Along the Riverbed 20 x 24 in. Acrylic on canvas
Trois Amis 18 x 24 in. Oil on board
Arbutus 16 x 12 in. Oil on board
Autumn Brook 10 x 8 in. Oil on board
Colours of the Cote d'Azure 18 x 24 in. Oil on canvas
Cafe Provence 16 x 24 in. Oil on canvas
A French Street 16 x 12 in. Oil on canvas
Afternoon Walk, West Vancouver 24 x 18 in. Oil on board
Last Light, West Vancouver 8 x 15 in. Acrylic on board