Portrait © Donna Granata 2012
Roxie Ray’s paintings capture field workers laboring in rising heat, bathers languidly floating. The paintings are at once realistic depictions of everyday life and socio-political statements. The viewer is caught in ambiguous situations, observing faceless yet very human figures, anonymous, marginalized. At Oxnard College James Jarvaise spent time with Roxie, critiqued her art and insisted on a classical foundation. A transfer to Ventura College to study with Richard Phelps moved her from oils to acrylics, a medium more suited to her “expressionistic” style. Roxie notes that, for her, painting — like life — is not always an easy process and can be painful. She begins with an idea that moves into motion with a philosophical undercurrent, then reaches into color and contrast, achieving atmosphere in her work. Roxie is a proud founding member of Studio Channel Islands Art Center located in Camarillo, CA.
Ray’s in-depth Oral History and Documentation was in 2010. Sponsored by Jo Ellen & Steve Lee. The FOTM Archive contains extensive information about this artist.