“Art is a never-ending struggle to create something from nothing using all of ones ideas, knowledge, and experience. It is the creative process that is the best part for the artist and the result is what the artist gets to share with everyone."
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. Following his move to Southern California his outlook on his work changed. 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. A move to the west coast brought that longing into reality.
Ray’s primary medium is simply charcoal on paper. Working with charcoal and paper is about as bare bones as an artist can get with one’s medium. Drawing is a very direct means of expression, when viewing a finished drawing one is able to see right to the core of the artist’s effort. Using only careful observation, value, composition (design), and the illusion of texture to create an image unaided 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.
by Ray Brown. In the interest of giving the viewer some insight into where my images come from, I thought I might expound on what happens during one of my reference gathering trips. To begin with, I use tons of reference photos to create my drawings. But I use only my own photos and experiences, never pulling image sources other than my own.