Ray Swirsky Biography
Ray Swirsky is a Calgary based oil painter 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. 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. Grand mountain scenes, western landscapes and large animals make up the core of his paintings.
Ray is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (AFCA), the Alberta Society of Artists (ASA), Oil Painters of America, Artists For Conservation (AFC) a founding board member of the First Nations Art Alliance, and a member of the Metis Society of Alberta.
In his short career, Ray’s work can be found in many corporate & private collections across Canada, USA, UK, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Ray is a regular exhibitor at the Calgary Exhibition & Stampede Artists' Studio.
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