R E Swirsky, AFCA, ASA

    Ray Swirsky is a full time working artist based in Calgary. With no formal education in the arts, Ray is continually active in educating himself and honing his skills with his chosen medium of oils, resulting in a learned understanding of the fundamentals of light, value, and intensity. It is the understanding of these fundamentals that allow him to achieve vivid contrast, and a stunning depth of realism with both pallet knife and brush in his paintings.

   Having grown up in the small town of Kimberley, BC, Ray has never lost his connection with nature. His love of the mountains and western landscapes can be seen in the bulk of his paintings.

   He does paint other subject matter from, portrait, still life to action scenes which can all be viewed on his website. Much of his work is commissioned work for clients, a process he loves and enjoys very much. Ray is an active plein air painter, always seeking to find and copy the colours that only exist in nature.


   Ray is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (AFCA), Alberta Society of Artists (ASA), Oil Painters of America and Artists for Conservation. In his short career, Ray’s work has been well received into many juried exhibitions with works being sold throughout Canada, USA, and the UK.