Ray Swirsky Biography
Ray Swirsky is a Calgary based oil painter, full time 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. 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) and the Alberta Society of Artists (ASA). In his short career, Ray’s work can be found in many corporate collections across Canada and in private collections in Canada, USA, and the UK.
“I get most enjoyment from painting Western Canadian landscapes and wildlife but I also challenge 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."
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