Artist's description:

Ties That Bind

Blood, truth and secrets. Hidden shame, lies and suicide. They know, but no longer care. They look, but no longer see. Together they have risen above the past. Sharing only what makes them strong. Only what makes them happy.

Words and Art by Rich Ray

*All versions shown under (artwork in progress) are for sale for the quoted price. Available on archival paper or canvas. Canvas is framed, paper is not. Please specify your choice by e-mail. If you need a smaller size print please e-mail me through Artfinder and I will give you the price.

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Description Of Artist Process

Emotional Process

With each piece of artwork I create there are several emotions present. I look at the face or figure to determine if there is a story to be told. Inevitably, there always is. I am drawn to that person in an instinctual way.

Since I don't know them personally, my process starts to expose their hidden dimensions. The soul behind the beauty. Each layer of texture adds depth to that person. Whether it is an acrylic painting, ink painting, or nature photography, all art of which I create separately.

I have seen so many emotions surface that were not there in the original photo. Sometimes fear is exposed or joy, ecstasy or sorrow. We are all human. It matters not what our outward appearance is. The soul is always striving to reveal itself just under the surface.

My hope is other people view my art as a vehicle for emotions to roam freely. The vulnerability of the person in the artwork allows us to be vulnerable. I am aware that others vulnerability is a teacher. I respect it, I cherish it and I admire it. What do you see and feel when you view the picture?

Technical Process

Each piece of art is crafted with layers of different textures and mediums. This process has been the focus of my work for the past three years. It involves acrylic painting, photography, inks, oil sticks and pastels.

The final art work is designed in a photo editor program. This technology gives me creative freedom to add in my abstract paintings and photography.

The finished piece is printed on either archival paper or canvas. *Artwork includes a certificate of authenticity. *Item ships separately. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery. delivery) Artwork includes a certificate of authenticity.

I am very fortunate to be full time artist. It is how I earn a living and help provide for my family. I have three teenage boys and a great wife.

Every time someone buys artwork from me I am truly grateful! I am honored to have my work in your home.

I made the decision to keep all my work exclusive to Art Finder. It is a great and fair company that supports both the customer and the artists! I try to keep my prices affordable for all. If you have any questions about price. Please ask and I will try and work with you.

Thank you for your support!
Rich Ray

Materials used:

I use these materials to create abstract work that is incorporated in photo editor to create the finished printed piece. Acrylics, Oils, Inks, Paint, Photos, Pastels, Pencils, Pens, 140 pound Cold Pressed Cotton Paper, Photography, Photo editor.

Ties That Bind - Limited Edition Canvas Print (2016)

$485 Now $412.25 (15% off)

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  • Manipulated photograph (Giclée), Other
  • From a limited edition of 150
  • Size: 40 × 40 × 1 in (framed) / 40 × 40 × 1 in (unframed)
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  • Signed and numbered on the front
  • Ready to hang
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