Luna Lee Ray was born in Queens, N.Y. in 1964. She received her BFA, with a major in printmaking, from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon in 1988. She has lived and shown her work in Oregon, Hawaii, Arizona, and New Mexico, before settling in North Carolina in 1998.
She is a member artist of, and lead curator for, Frank Gallery in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Her studio is open annually for the Orange County Studio Tour in early November, as well as by appointment.
She is also an established and well respected teacher, offering classes in watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, and printmaking at the Artscenter in Carrboro.
All of my imagery is informed by the natural world. Earth, air, water, and light; rain and sunshine and seasons; geology and strata, cells and seeds and pods-all of this and more finds it’s way into my work.
I spend many hours observing the forms and processes of nature. There I find a rich symbolic language which not only helps convey my feelings of reverence and awe towards this beautiful world, but also encompasses dreams, visions, and memories: all that is unseen and intangible yet so much of who we are.
My artistic process is also informed by the world around us. I love layering and texture and all the creative possibilities of combining painting, drawing, and collage. All of these works incorporate acrylic paints and inks, graphite and charcoal, and both handmade and found collage papers. I work with both intention and randomness, developing intricate forms and encouraging accidents. As I layer, some elements are enhanced and some are obscured, resulting in a surface that reflects growth and decay and the passage of time.
I almost always work in a series, continually exploring different facets of a concept before moving on. When I need inspiration, I step outside…