I was born and raised in Rutherford County, NC. When I was 5 years old I watched my grandmother, Mamie Smith Walker doodled a little bird and a picture of a apple tree on a piece of paper, she then handed it to me and said, "Now you do it". That was my starting point in art. It happened at the Rutherford Hospital, which is where I work today , but is now called Rutherford Regional. I was waiting in the car with my grandmother while my mother went inside. Back in those days you couldn't go upstairs to visit if you were under 12. So we stayed in the car and drew. I was the class artist in school and sometimes clown. I took art in high school and a correspondence course in commercial art after school, but what I really wanted to do was just paint. So I dropped the correspondence course after 2 semesters and just started painting, first in acrylics and then oils and then back to acrylics, when I started doing wildlife. I cut and prime my own masonite boards and use Liquitex Professional Acrylic Paints and I varnish with a matt finish. I love taking photos for research and reading up on the birds and animals that I want to paint and capture that moment in time of something I have seen and try to share that with others. I want to make sure the wildlife is in the correct setting and their colors are right for the season that they are in. Artists that have inspired me over the years are Robert Bateman and Daniel Smith. I have sold paintings in different galleries to collectors all across the US and Canada and have won people's choice awards, some first place awards, second and third place awards also. I believe God created everthing, seen and unseen and to be able to paint part of his creation is a blessing. If you buy a piece, I hope that you will enjoy it for years to come and pass it on to your children. Paintings on this site, I give the image size of it, so the pieces will be bigger framed in total lenght.
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I love painting the natural world that God has created for us to enjoy, it's wonders are endless!
Photo of Ray by Everett Murray at Murray's Photography, Spindale, NC