Virginia Ray is a contemporary landscape painter.
She is a MA graduate of UCA Farnham, studied History at Lancaster University and has a PGCE from Durham University. Virginia has worked as a tutor at The Watts Gallery, working in prisons and with disadvantaged young adults. Virginia's work invites us to contemplate ideas of how Landscape has evolved and continues to evolve and regenerate through natural and human industrial processes. At the heart of Virginia’s artistic practice is a belief in the importance of landscape in reflecting the evolution of nature and an expression of cultural identity and self.
Her work ranges from vast landscapes to intimate studies using an extensive range of materials on canvas including mixed media, natural materials from the land, photographs and the written word. Virginia informs her work by walking the land, recording and photographing unique scenic aspects and re tracing the footsteps of those who once populated these areas.Her work has been widely exhibited through solo and group shows with galleries in Yorkshire, Norfolk, Ibiza, Cornwall and Surrey.
She currently lives and works in her studio in Surrey, drawing inspiration from frequent trips to her native Yorkshire and travelling home and abroad.