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                                                    MEET THE ARTIST 

                                                                  Ray Edmonds



Our artist and owner is Ray Edmonds who has been a practicing artist since 1978.    Ray was born and grew up in Martinsburg, West Virginia located in the northern end of the Shenandoah Valley.   As a native West Virginian, he loved to fish, hike and hunt the  mountains, streams and rivers of eastern West Virginia.  Since childhood he was entranced with drawing, art and photography.


Development as an Artist

From copying comic characters to drawing original sketches in his childhood and teenage years, he slowly developed his art hobby.  His aunt, who saw promise in his raw talent gave him a set of oils in exchange for a promise to receive a painting.   Even though he quickly honored her request, he shelved oil medium for later years.   His art development was put on hold after he received a call into the ordained ministry of the United Methodist Church as a young man which changed the direction of his life.    While in college he took  a number of courses in art and there discovered an interest in watercolors.   However, he did not pursue that initial interest for a number of years due to educational and job demands.  In 1977 he was assigned as pastor of a church on the Eastern Shore of Virginia where a number of excellent watercolor artists practiced their craft and his interest in watercolor painting was rekindled.  After taking several courses in watercolors at the local community college as well as workshops in watercolor and gouache painting, his professional career as an artist took off.  He has exhibited in street shows, wildlife festivals, art league shows, church bazaars, juried exhibitions, and online at www. fineartarmerica.com.    Besides teaching introduction to art in high school, he has taught ongoing classes in watercolors in three churches, in his studio and given demonstrations in churches and civic organizations.


Exhibitions

Ray's ministry to the church kept him from exhibiting in many shows but he continued to paint and exhibit when possible.  He has won awards and purchase awards as well as the accolades of appreciative church members.  His artwork is displayed in homes and offices throughout eastern United States and is currently available from this website, from FineArtAmerica.com and directly from his studio in Point Harbor, North Carolina.  A list of his past exhibitions, awards and churches using the Print Program are listed below.


Artist's Style and Genre

Ray's art paints in a traditional, realistic style that is easily understood and enjoyed.  Often his scenes are nostalgic and familiar.  However beneath these first impressions lie a complexity of emotions that often cannot be put in words.  Viewers are both drawn back to time and place where they may have experienced a similar scene but yet it takes on a new meaning or feeling of its own.  Many viewers experience a calmness, peacefulness and serenity which may give us a little insight into the character and demeanor of the  artist himself.


Exhibitions and Art Shows

  • Rappahannock Art League Annual Show, Kilmarnock, VA                  First Place in Watercolors
  • Rappahannock River Wildlife Festival, Whitestone, VA   (Juried show)
  • Fall Foliage Festival, Waynesboro, VA    (Juried show)                       Purchase Award
  • Parksley Days Art Show,  Parksley, VA
  • Urbanna Oyster Festival, Urbanna, VA
  • West Point Art Show, West Point, VA
  • Poquoson Art Show, Poquoson, VA‚Äč
  • Currituck Wildlife Festival, Coinjock, NC


Galleries

  • Dare  County Arts Council Gallery,  Manteo, NC


Churches Who Have Used Art Print Program

  • Monumental United Methodist Church, Portsmouth, VA
  • Centenary United Methodist Church, Portsmouth, VA
  • Lynnhaven United Methodist Church, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Charity United Methodist Church, Virginia Beach, VA
  • First United Methodist Church, Charlottesville, VA
  • Strasburg United Methodist Church, Strasburg, VA


Classes Taught

  • Kilmarnock United Methodist Church, Kilmarnock, VA  (6 years)
  • Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church, Newport News, VA  (3 years)
  • Monumental United Methodist Church, Portsmouth, VA (7 years)
  • Martinsburg High School, Martinsburg, WV


Art Groups

Member of the Dare Arts Council, Dare County, NC

Past member of the Rappahannock Art League,

Member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina