Evolution of an Idea by Luna Lee Ray

Luna Beginnings - Mixed Media 8 x 8 inches

Beginnings – Mixed Media 8 x 8 inches

 

Every winter, my thoughts shift from the skies to what lurks underground.  Dormant seeds and water channels were on my mind this past winter and I began a series of small pieces inspired by these thoughts.  In this series, I focused on the idea of a seed, or a cell, and its micro-environment.

Soon after working on these pieces, I took a February trip to southern Florida, where I went to my favorite local nature spot: The Green Cay Wetlands near West Palm Beach.  I had been there a couple of times before and had focused mostly on bird watching.

Luna Seed #2 - mixed media - 8 x 8 inches

Luna Seed #2 – mixed media – 8 x 8 inches

 

 

But, there was something different this year. The overcast skies and moisture in the air brought out a subtle beauty in the landscape I hadn’t picked up on before.  I took a lot of pictures, came home, then fully immersed myself in the pictures and my memories of the place.

In my next series of pieces, I used many of the same elements I had used previously, but felt compelled to organize them into a strata-like landscape format, inspired  by the landscapes I had been studying.

 

Floating Island # 4 - mixed media - 40 x 40 inches

Floating Island # 4 – mixed media – 40 x 40 inches

 

Over the last year,  I have created a large and varied body of work inspired by water, land, sky, moisture, and light, ranging in size from 12 inches to 4 feet.

The recent increase in the scale of my work has allowed me to explore a sense of space and light in a deeper way. With every piece, I aim to express my interpretation of that original thrill of discovery, while continuing to let the images evolve.

Luna Lee Ray will be a featured artist at Frank Gallery March 8 through April 3rd. Also featured at this time will be fellow OCAG artists Keith Allen, Rose Warner, Natalie Boorman, and Pat Saling. You can see Luna’s work at her website.

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Working Collaboratively ~ Shelly Hehenberger And Luna Lee Ray

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CVA Artist of the Month: Luna Lee Ray

There is an interesting new article written in a Cary online rag about one of OCAG’s own — artist Luna Lee Ray, who was recently recognized as the CVA Artist of the month. The column describes her interest in art as a child, her travels to New Mexico and Hawaii, and her move to North […]

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