“I recall this meeting so as to emphasize one point; previous to this day I was
enjoying my artistic training and completing all projects easily. The next day it was as if I had no clue how I could or should proceed. I believe that current terminology would designate this as “disruption.” What was this disruption, I could ask, and what should be done about it?”
Ray’s way of working was immediate: drawing on his experience and training while creating in the moment. After this first meeting, Tim went on to take drawing classes under Ray’s instruction and had many good conversations with him including memorable visits to his studio.
Ray is often known as a sculptor, though what he taught could apply to all artistic practice. Ray wanted his students to be independent and original. He was therefore hesitant to become a formal mentor, though his impact on his students is evident.
From Tim’s perspective, Ray’s drawings were more influential than his finished sculptures. Ray often used pastels and charcoal to draw, which has influenced Tim’s paintings through means of developing a paint-pastel hybrid that is firm enough to draw with but can also be manipulated with heat and traditional painting tools. Tim often reflects on what came to be his most insightful recommendations from Ray: drawing, perception and paradox.