Ray 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 aims to keep it simple and ‘painterly’.
He began lessons at the Victorian Artists Society in the late 90s having tuition from Margaret Cowling (water colour), Max Wilks, Gregory Smith, Ray Hewitt, Stephen Doyle and Ben Winspear.
Ray has had five successful solo shows at the VAS.He is an accomplished portraiture artist and has participated in live painting events painting prominent Melbournians. Ray’s works appear in collections in Victoria, interstate and overseas.
A current favourite artist is Australian, Ron Crawford (1915–87).
Ray is a fellow and signatory member of the VAS.
Recent Awards include:
Winner, Camberwell Rotary Art Show 2019, Best Artwork under $1500
Winner, Knox Rotary Art Show 2019
Winner, Best Oil, Anglesea Art Show 2019
Winner Surf Coast Calendar competition 2019
Highly Commended, 2018–9 Moonee Valley Art Show
Highly Commended, 2018 Bayside Art Show
Nominee for VAS Artist of the Year 2013 - 19