Artist's Statement & Bio
Who am I?
I’m a self-educated Creative Expansionist Painter.
By continuously pushing and evolving my creative understandings -
Beyond the boundaries of any personal complacency -
Resides: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
2007 Encaustic with K. Dubay, Acrylic with N. Reyner
2005 En-plein-air painting with A. L West and A. Handell
2001 -2000 Art History with N. Kriebl, Museum of Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
1997 En-plein-air workshops with R. Roberts, Scottsdale Artists School, AZ
1996 En-plein-air workshops (4) in France (including at Monet's Garden)
1996-1994 Figurative & Still life painting, Scottsdale Artists School, AZ
1980-1983 Printmaking at College of the Redwoods, Mendocino, CA
1969 Sculpture, private study under J. Cartlidge, Sarasota FL
2014-2010 Independant Artist, Santa Fe, NM
2010-1984 The ArtEXPO, New York, NY
2006 Pride Gallery, 2 person show, Lawton OK
2004-2003 FOCA Artist's Exhibition, group show, Santa Fe, NM
2003 College of Santa Fe Monothon, Santa Fe, NM
2003-1998 La Cienega Studio Tour, Santa Fe, NM
2000-1999 Chalk Farm Gallery, London, England
1996 Galerie Chabin, group show, Paris France
1995 Jackie Lee Art, Taipi, Taiwan
1985-1984 High Point, NC
2010-1992 Artist for Galleries and Art Publishers, creating monoprints, collage and original paintings on paper and canvas.
2006 Artist Residency, one month, Center for Contemporary Art, Sainte- Colombe -Sur L'Hers, France.
1992-1970 Jewelry Designer:
Freelance designer and model maker for various U.S. manufacturing companies, designer and model maker for Circle Fine Art Corp., various Gallery representation, assorted fine art craft fairs and street artist.
1985-1984 Etching Department Director Phoenix Art Press, Phoenix AZ
2010-1993 Posters, images for European and U.S. Modern Art Editions, New York Graphic Society, NY, Verkerie (Holland) and others.
1991 ERTE, Art To Wear-the complete Jewelry published by Dutton Studio Books. Though Raya's name does not appear in this book, 50 of the designs were done by Raya and ERTE signed her work as approval.
First Interstate Bank, Denver, CO
First Interstate Bank, Phoenix, AZ
Jaberg and Wilk Law Offices, Phoenix, AZ
Point Hilton South Mountain, Phoenix, AZ
Point Hilton Tapitio, Phoenix, AZ
Point Hilton Squaw Peak, Phoenix AZ
The Boulders Resort, Carefree, AZ
Mid American Energy, Des Moines, Iowa
IES Industries, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Numerous other private and corporate international collections.
Current Representation: Independant Artist
926 Baca Street Studio #6
Santa Fe, NM 87505