The Springfield Regional Arts Council has created a registry of artists in Springfield and our 27-county region in Southwest Missouri. The Artist Registry is compiled as a comprehensive catalogue and made available at local design trade shows and business expositions for residential and commercial purposes. Images of the artists' works are also presented in an electronic slideshow at various events and locations.

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Artist Profiles

    Eric Ray

  • pen & ink
  • Contact Info

  • (417) 766-7795
  • About Yourself

  • Eric Ray was born in Southern California and studied art at Art Center while in high school and illustration at California State University, Long Beach. After working as a freelance illustrator and art director for many years, he moved to Springfield, Missouri. He worked there as a senior art director and illustrator for a couple more decades. Eric currently works as a pen and ink artist creating commissioned artwork, showing in a number of galleries, and taking on illustration projects that interest him.

  • Creating my work is both a struggle and a labor of love. I choose to work in Pen and Ink because it is not a simple media to master and is also relatively uncommon. I strive to develop art with a feel for the subject matter and the story I wish to tell. The search for the beauty in the complexity of form, pattern and texture is important. I enjoy creating visual shortcuts, innuendo and suggestion balanced against insanely detailed rendering in my pen work. I intentionally mix drawing styles and textures to best honor my subjects. I accept the challenge of exploring the limits of using a black pen on a white surface, and relentlessly pushing those limits around.

  • I have been an award winning illustrator and art director since 1982. Over the last few years, I have focused on creating fine art for gallery exhibition, commission work and special projects.

    Solo Exhibitions:
    2017 Park Central Branch Library; Art of Eric Ray
    2016 Obelisk Home; Stories in Ink, Art of Eric Ray
    2016 Artivities Gallery: Art of the Pen, Art by Eric Ray
    2016 Ash Grove Branch Library; Ink Drawings by Eric Ray
    2015 Qdoba, Springfield; The Art of Eric Ray
    2015 Gailie's; Pen Drawings by Eric Ray
    2014 Arts & Letters; Unrequited Love, Fifty Shades of Eric Ray

    Other exhibits of note:
    2017 Best of Show (Rhino, Close); Fresh Gallery annual juried exhibit
    2015 Selected exhibitor for the Ozarks Galley, Artfest on Walnut Street

    2016 Pen & ink drawings a feast for the eyes; Springfield News-Leader by Camille Dautrich
    2014 One-man show explores 'Fifty Shades of Eric Ray'; Springfield News-Leader by Camille Dautrich

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