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As a third generation artist my world is filled with color texture, form and composition. My passion for universal themes was fueled by my studies abroad on Chapman's World Campus Afloat sailing around the world studying art, dance, architecture and religion in Africa and Asia. My bachelors degree began with 3 years at Montana State, graduating from ASU with a major in visual art and education. Later in life I earned a Masters in Studio Art with an Emphasis in Ceramics from NAU. My certifications range from kindergarten to college. Many years, 26 to be exact, were spent teaching visual art at Cactus Shadows CCUSD93 and serving as the department chair for the Arts.
Previous to my teaching career I had a gallery that promoted Montana artists and carried the soft sculpture line I designed and cottage manufactured. The line was marketed to boutiques, galleries and arts/craft fairs.
At this season in my life I have the joy of working in my studio and gardens. About 20 years ago I discovered I have a natural ability for painting decorative murals and paint about one a month, most of the locations are outdoors in beautiful settings on archways and fireplaces.
Too boring to list exhibits, competitions, collections and publications, that is on my robinrayart.com web site. I might be considered a folk artist with over 200 murals decorating the desert foothills area.
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