She is beauty, dignity and grace. Draped in silk and gold lace. This is her land. These are her people. She rules with power and might, with compassion and humility always in sight. A queen for all, a woman who simply answered the call. To battle we will go and we will defeat our foe!
Words and Art by Rich Ray
Rich Ray Art Process Development
This technique has taken several years to master. Many hours of trial and error, hundreds of mistakes, some happy and some not so much! My process involves three stages. First, I paint the abstract artwork. Second, I photograph that artwork and other textures from nature. Third, I choose the portrait or female figure photograph. I download all of the different layers into to the photo editor program.
This technology enables me to play with all the elements together. I spend many hours moving and arranging each piece, like a puzzle. I know it is finished when I have achieved the right balance. Meaning, the brightest colors, visual textures, and contrast for the final printed original artwork. I have tried to do this by simply painting over the photograph. I was not able to achieve the bold look I was going for, it became to muddied. This is why I chose the digital technology. I feel this gives the customer the best possible image. The Giclee print is the original artwork with the process I have developed.
I believe this process to be unique to me and unique to the world. The prints you purchase are the only pieces available, exclusively to Art Finder. I do not sell my art anywhere else. A limited number of 150 prints for each image created.
All versions of artwork displayed are available on archival canvas. *Archival paper is also available upon request. Each piece is printed on archival canvas or paper using the highest quality inks and craftsmanship. Canvas is framed with interior wood frame, not visible when hung. Paper is unframed.
*Artwork will be printed with a signature and corresponding limited edition number.
*If you require a smaller size print, or artwork to be printed on archival paper instead of canvas for framing yourself, please send size and I will be happy to quote new price.
*Make an offer! Each piece is open to negotiation. I want be fair and work within your budget. Please e-mail me the offer through ArtFinder.
*All versions shown under (artwork in progress) are for sale for quoted price. Please specify your choice (please copy and paste artwork photo and e-mail to me) I will confirm with you before I place order.
*I ship my artwork world wide. I use reputable Giclee printers all over the globe. If you have a question about shipping, please send me a message and I will give you a shipping quote.
*Note: Artwork shown in home setting is a digital rendition and may not be to scale. Please use a tape measure and use dimensions in artwork description to acquire accuracy.
Description Of Artists Emotional and Technical Process
With each piece of artwork I create there are several emotions at play. I look at the face or figure to determine if there is a story to be told. Inevitably, there always is. I feel 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 the piece. I use my acrylic paintings, ink paintings, and photography, all art of which I create separately.
As I work with the photo adding layers a new person reveals itself to me. I have felt 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. Therefore identifying with artwork in there own way.
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, design, 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.
*Please see (Profile) and (Me At Work) to learn more about Rich Ray Art.
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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.