Ray Swirsky is a Calgary based emerging artist who began painting in the fall of 2014. With no formal education in the arts, he has grasped on quickly to understanding the fundamentals of light, value and intensity, creating a real sense of atmosphere and depth into his paintings. When working from his home studio or painting plein air, his focus is always on improving his skill development each time he sets brush to canvas or panel. Knowing how to best use these fundamentals to create depth and interest is key to any successful painting. He works with both brush and pallet knife creating works that vary in detail from fine realism to a looser, almost abstract, style of realism.
Having grown up in the small town of Kimberley, BC, Ray has never lost his connection with nature. His love of the mountains and western landscapes can be seen in the bulk of his paintings. He does paint other subject matter such as portrait, still life and action scenes which can all be viewed on his website. Much of his work is commissioned work for clients, a process he loves and enjoys very much.
Ray is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (AFCA) and the Alberta Society of Artists (ASA). In his short career, Ray’s work has been well received into many juried exhibitions with works being sold throughout Canada, USA, and the UK.
“I most like to paint landscapes and wildlife from Western Canada, but I am always challenging myself with different material from time to time. If you view my catalogue of work you will find everything from elephants to mountain scenes, still life to portrait, and birch trees to a water bomber over a raging forest fire.”
Having been selected to be an exhibiting artist at the Western Showcase at the Calgary Exhibition & Stampede for the past two years is one of Ray’s most recent and proudest moments in his career to date. Ray’s work is currently available at The Painted Moose Studio in Bragg Creek, Durango Trail Rustic Furniture in Bragg Creek, and also online at this website and many others.