About the Artist
Several years after leaving the Army he attended college. Upon graduation from college with a major in photography, Ray had already been working as a professional photographer part time for over two years.
Having an art background in his younger years, photography came easy for Ray. He received top honors for his work while in College. He won "Photographer of the Year" for his graduating class.
After College Ray has continued attending numerous professional photography, art & design, schools, classes and conferences.
Fine Art, both drawing and painting, are areas of interest. Today Ray uses his artistic skill, not only to create beautiful photographic portraits, creative commercial photography, pencil drawings and and oil painting, he now uses his skills creating "Special Effects Photography", with Adobe's Photoshop software program.
Ray started his photography career with a large prestigious studio operation in Los Angeles California, rising to General Manager of a chain of ten studios and one of the largest professional color labs in the country. Managing three company studios and Portrait Studios in the Prestigious Robinson Department Stores throughout Southern California were invaluable experiences.
He also worked a short time in the Motion Picture industry, as a still photographer on a major motion picture Mt Saint Helen's a movie about the Mt Saint Helen's volcano eruption staring Art Carney and David Huffman. Mt St. Helens Film Link
Ray has photographed commercial assignments for some of the larger corporations and businesses in the country.
Five years later, needing more room for his expanding business, he moved to a large studio facility in the Anaheim Hills area of Orange County, California. Drawing customers from as far away as San Diego (100 miles to the south) and Oxnard (100 miles to the north) Ray's photography studio flourished.
Former owner of Aerial West, Orange County, California, an Aerial photography company. Ray holds a Commercial Pilot license with an Instrument Instructors Rating and has been a licensed pilot for five decades. Ray has recently flight instructed at a local airport and continues his Aerial Photography business here and throughout Oregon. Past member of the Christian Missionary Pilots Association. (See story of Christian Missionary Flight to Guatemala below)
Ray was President and co-founder of ACSS Inc. (Access Computer Software Systems), developing a Computer software program "Studio Access" which became the premier management program for the portrait photography studio industry for over a decade.
Ray has won numerous awards for his photography and contribution to the professional photography industry.
His work has hung in museums and some of the finest and most expensive homes and mansions in Southern California. He is a Certified Professional Photographer by the Professional Photographers of Southern California.
Ray has instructed other professional photographers at such prestige photography schools as;
West Coast School of Professional Photography at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California.
Triangle Institute of Photography in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Golden Gate School of Professional Photography in San Francisco, California.
He has lectured other professional photographers at numerous state and regional conventions. This has earned Ray the degree of "Photographic Craftsman" from the Professional Photographers of America.
Since he was a child, Ray
has had a deep love for animals.