After a long run of photographers, who brought some beautiful and interesting photography to our coworking space, we are really looking forward to February when Ray Burns, oil painter, will display his work in our Community Room. We met Ray at the Delaplaine when we bought a Plein Air painting he had done of a building very near our home and really liked his work. We think you will too.
As usual, there will be a First Saturday event (5 – 9 pm), open to to all who want to stop by to see this wonderful art by a local artist. In keeping with the Fire in Ice February First Saturday tradition, there will be an ice sculpture on the sidewalk out front. We sure hope you’ll stop by.Ray Burns Bio / Artist’s Statement
I was always drawing as a kid, and when I received a set of oil paints at age 12, it opened up a new world for me as a growing artist.
I later went on to major in studio art at the University of Maryland at College Park. Being immersed in art and art history was a dream come true. I feel fortunate to have studied under such influential artists such as David Driskell and Martin Puryear. While my style was developing and influenced by painterly realism, I also explored various modes of visual abstraction and developed a true appreciation for the internal processes of creating art.
It was not until the late 1990’s, when I took a Plein Air painting class at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with artist Dean Fisher, that I felt like my art really took off. It renewed my love of the landscape, and having the support of fellow artists and Dean’s excellent guidance helped me develop a vision for what I wished to express artistically.
My artistic exploration continues. This exhibit is a result of several years’ worth of painting and exploring – exploring various locales, subject matter, painting surfaces, and media on an immediate level. On a deeper level, I want to express in my painting a sense of being there to the viewer, for you to feel the energy of rushing water, the calm of a flat lake on a warm autumn day. Moods generated by the landscape are essentially what inspire me to put what I see and feel on canvas. My hope is that the viewer will explore these works of art and understand them as they relate to his or her own emotions and experiences.
For more information or to contact Ray, please visit his website.