Born and raised in Montana, Ray Hunter attended
Eastern Montana College, majoring in Art Education. He received his initial
training with Ben Steele and studied with artist, Len Sundell. After moving to
the Pacific Northwest, he studied with Jerry Stitt and Deanne Lemley and took
workshops from Charles Reid and Zoltan Szabo.
After working 16 years for the same company, he
seized the opportunity to become a full-time artist when the company closed. He
moved to Santa Barbara and quickly acclimated to the beautiful colors and
scenery of the Central Coast.
He works with a variety of subject matter
including landscapes, flowers and marine subjects. Boats are a particular
favorite with him because of the bright colors and textures of water and sky.
His “reflections” technique is extremely effective in creating a
true illusion of realism and color. His color palette is bright and striking to
the eye. He has been in numerous juried art shows winning several awards. In
1992, he was named the principle artist for the Edmonds Art Festival in
Washington. He has also shown at the Northwest Watercolor Society show, the
annual Frye Art Museum Exhibition and now at Visions Gallery.