RAY C. BROWN, JR.
“I endeavor to create works of draughtsmanship that stand as beautiful while being grounded in realism. To show that beauty is deep in the heart and soul of nature and lives in the ordinary.”
Ray has been working as an artist since he graduated from college with a B.S. in visual communications. He worked mostly as an illustrator and graphic designer in and around Baltimore, Maryland where he had lived all his life. Although he enjoyed his work as an artist he was creating work according to the commercial needs at hand. He longed to create the kind of work that would combine his love of nature, wildlife, and the outdoors with his artistic sensibilities and experience.
Ray’s art is a reflection of his experiences in the field. Ray says,”Each time I go into the wilderness I am amazed. I get so excited to be in places like Wyoming, Colorado or Alaska. I hope some of my excitement and love of the outdoors shines through in my art. My travels in and through the North American wilderness serve as the impetus and inspiration for my art. Wildlife is the focal point of my work. However, all of nature including the many human aspects and influences also serve to inspire me. I use only my own experiences to procure my reference for my work. Being out in the field is as important as any other facet of my creative process. It is what drives me:’
Ray’s preferred medium is the simple pencil, be it graphite or charcoal. Working with pencil and paper is about as bare bones as an artist can get with one’s medium. Pencil is a very direct tool of expression, when viewing a finished drawing one is able to see right to the core of the artist’s effort. Using only observation, value, composition, and the illusion of texture to create an image unassisted by color but still managing to convey a sense of place or evoke a certain emotion is a difficult challenge. It is this challenge that inspires Ray’s daily pursuits in his work.