Ray Eastwood is a watercolour artist who was born in Collie, Western Australia.
Ray went to school at Presbyterian Ladies College in Perth until the Leaving certificate. She worked as a stenographer until marriage. This then led her to travel which she has done extensively, since the age of 21 years. Ray lived in England for 18 months working and travelling and since then she travelled extensively around the world. Her favourite country is Italy, thus often painting it.
Growing up near the river and ocean and going to Rottnest Island for most family holidays created a love of boats and water, which often features in her paintings.
After raising children Ray completed an arts course at Claremont Technical school, then focusing mainly on silverwork and ceramics.
She then ventured into floral art, which caused her look at colour, from there she progressed to painting and drawing.
She learnt mainly from Larry Mitchell, but has been on several overseas art trips with several well known artists, one being Alvaro Castagnet, also David Taylor and Charles Sluga. Ray often attended the Mitchell School of Arts at Bathurst University in summer and winter and studied under well known artists Including Joseph Zbukvic.
Ray has had her work in many exhibitions and sold many paintings internationally and in Australia. She has won numerous awards and this year won the WA ARTS Society Watercolour prize.
Ray held the position of Vice President of the Watercolour Society for 3 years and was on the committee for another year as well as being the Vice President of WA Art Society and a member of Atwell Gallery.
She has had several exhibitions including a couple of solo exhibitions.
Two highlights of her painting career was going to Maccagno in Italy and Milan, with the Watercolour Society where they had paintings hanging in their International Watercolour Exhibition.
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