Born in 1954, Ray grew up in an Orange County, California with orange groves, before the days of freeways and sprawling housing developments. It has given him an enduring affection for the untamed, undeveloped California of his youth. He attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he studied under John Asaro. He has also studied under Dan McCaw, Len Chmiel, Ned Jacob, and Mark Daily, among others. Like many successful artists before him, Ray first pursued a career as an illustrator, establishing a studio in Los Angeles and then Scottsdale, Arizona. He got up the courage to switch to fine art in 1992 and has never looked back.
Ray is a Signature member of Plein Air Painters of America, California Art Club, and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. His paintings have won numerous awards including Best of Show at Laguna Plein Air Invitational, Laguna Art Museum; Maynard Dixon Country Invitational, Mount Carmel, Utah; Best of Show, American Impressionist Society, Cincinnati, Ohio; and the Gold Medal for "Best Painting" at the California Art Club's 94th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of California Art.
We are honored to show his paintings at the Hendricks Burgess Gallery, and are sure visitors to the Gallery will enjoy his visions portrayed in oils. He is equally at home painting scenes of the desert and the sea. Ray and his wife, Peggi Kroll Roberts now live on a 20 acre ranch in Angels Camp, an old California gold rush town, where they both have studios where they paint.