I grew up in London with access to some of the great galleries of the world. One of my heroes was and is JMW Turner. His later paintings and those of the French Impressionists inspired me by their use of composition, light and colour. I have evolved my own style of impressionism using those three principles paramount. The journey is endless, the more I advance, the more I feel I’m at the beginning. Personally I cannot imagine ever being tired of painting, I would go so far as to say that I would not feel alive if I stopped.
Starting adult life as a Typographical designer in London, Ray frequented the Tate and National galleries where he was particularly influenced by the works of J. M. W. Turner and the French Impressionists. He migrated to Australia in 1958 and worked in Advertising as a Freelance Art Director.
He always dabbled in painting as well as photography, ceramics, etching and book design. When finding himself in a position to retire from the commercial scene he turned to his love of ‘Fine Art’ as an outlet for his creativity.
Over the last decade he has developed his own style of impressionism in oils with emphasis on light and colour. His first love is the natural landscape but paints anything he finds visually exciting. Ray was accepted as an exhibiting member of the Royal Art Society of NSW, was elevated to Associate and then Fellow. He is also a member of the Society of Mountain Artists, the Blackheath Art Society and BMAC (Blue Mountains Artist Connection). Ray received an invitation from the Australian Artist magazine to submit feature articles in 1998, 2000 and 2004; they also featured him in ‘Master Painters of Australia’ in 1999.
Ray has exhibited as a finalist in the Wynne and the Mosman Art Prize, has received a prize and several awards from International Artist magazine. His works are exhibited in various galleries around the mountains and feature in several corporate and many private collections around Australia and overseas. Ray shares his love of paint and painting with aspiring local artists from his studio at Mt. Irvine. He was welcomed as a partner of the Gallery Blackheath in September 2013.
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