Arts of UAMS Features Physician’s Watercolor Paintings Jan. 6 – Feb. 27

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The Arts of UAMS exhibit, “Odyssey in Color,” will be free and open to the public. For library hours, call (501) 686-5980.

“Watercolor is my preferred medium because of my love for vibrant and translucent color,” explains Ray, a professor of emergency medicine in the UAMS College of Medicine. “I especially enjoy the emotional interplay of color complements interspersed to create movement and design. Recently, I have taken up pastels, which are especially vibrant. My paintings are almost always representational, usually realistic, and rarely abstract. My work has an organic quality, which may reflect my scientific background. My subjects tend to lean toward nature, and I love animals. I enjoy portraiture studies, especially my menagerie of cats. I love to travel – visiting Britain twice annually – and to collect photos and sketches from all over.”

A native of Blytheville, Ark., Ray started painting four years ago. She has studied art at the Arkansas Art Center Museum School in Little Rock and credits her teacher, Jacqui Kaucher, for her guidance and special talent for honest critique. A member of the Mid-Southern Watercolorists (MSW), Ray had several paintings in the 2003 MSW Cantrell Gallery show. “Coastal Fog,” a plein-air seascape, was awarded first place in the watercolor division of the 2003 Artists in the Forrest show sponsored by the Central Arkansas Library System.