Ray has lived in Essendon for 33 years. He has been painting seriously for the last 18 years. He enjoys tonal impressionist oil painting, the study of light, in the tradition of early Australian artists, particularly those influenced by Max Meldrum. He currently paints all genres: plein air; portraiture and still life. He challenges himself to keep it simple and ‘painterly’.
He began lessons at the Victorian Artists Society (VAS) in the late 90s having tuition from Margaret Cowling (water colour), Max Wilks (Oil) and Gregory Smith (Oil - for 9 years at his school in Strathmore). Ray Hewitt (twice VAS Artist of the Year) has been a long term mentor having taught Ray at the VAS for several years.
More recently he has taken on the role of VAS Manager having been the VAS Treasurer and Council member. He has undertaken relief tutoring at the VAS and judged Art and Sculpture at the Royal Melbourne Agricultural Show for two years running. He currently attends VAS classes with Steve Doyle (twice VAS Artist of the Year).
Ray has had two successful solo shows in 2014 and 2015. He is an accomplished portraiture artist and has participated in live painting events painting prominent Melbournians. Ray’s works appear in collections in Victoria and interstate.
A current favourite artist is Australian, Ron Crawford (1915 – 87).
Ray is a signatory member of the VAS.
Recent Awards include:
Airey's Inlet - Lighthouse View
Cloud Over Old Dairy - Tarwin Lower
The Orange Vessel - Williamstown