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 illusion to 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 a challenge that inspires Ray’s daily pursuit of his work.
Walter Matia was educated at Williams College in Massachusetts, where he earned degrees in Biology and Art Design. Much of his training was attained during a long apprenticeship in the Exhibits Department of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
His sculptures are included in the collections of the Thomas Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK; Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI; Buffalo Bill Historical Society, Cody, WY; Briscoe Western Art Museum, San Antonio, TX; Wichita Kansas Botanical Gardens, Wichita, KS; Benson Park Sculpture Gardens, Loveland, CO; National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, WY; Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland, OH; Bird Dog Hall of Fame, Grand Junction, TN; NFL Houston Texans Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX.
Gunnar's work for this exhibition is on the Wyoming wildlife, with inspiration from his impressions of the Jackson area and the National parks. The giants of the valley in the majestic landscape softly rendered in watercolor. His works are inspired not just by the beauty of the area, but also by sounds and personal experiences like the howling of wolves down on the riverbed late at night. They are dreams awakened.
Paving her own path, Kathryn paints images of wildlife that leave an indelible impression. Her ethereal paintings of birds and animals are full of movement and vitality. Using a unique medium of oil paint on 100% rag paper, these images resemble watercolor but with the rich depth that comes with oil paint. She’s become a pioneer with this approach.