Red sky, silver rivers, beautiful Utah. Wind swept trees, canyons of gold, radiant Utah. She was a pure soul, raw and natural. Love came rushing in, waves of love. I was not even aware. She had me at the first glance. An avalanche of romance followed us. My first and last true love, Utah.
Words and Art by Rich Ray
Limited Edition Of 50 Canvas Prints (Original Photograph by Desiree Mattsson)
Rich Ray Art Process Development
My process involves three stages: First I paint my abstract art, second I photograph it, and third I put all the layers together in a photo editor program on the computer. This technology allows for the best colors, visual textures, and contrast for each original piece.
This is a process that took me three years to develop and is original to me. In conclusion, the prints you are purchasing are the only pieces available. My final work is always a print because of the process I developed. I feel this gives the customer the best possible image.
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.
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 vulnerability is a teacher.
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.
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.