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"Life is the art of drawing without an eraser." 

Raymond Allan Harris was born near Hannibal, Missouri on October 4, 1952. His family moved often before settling in Pasadena, Texas.

 His father, Joe, started working for NASA in 1960 and helped "put a man on the moon". Thelma, his mother, raised six children and encouraged his interest in art.

An avid surfer, he traveled extensively at an early age to paint and sketch.
Harris attended Palomar College in San Marcos, California before moving to Los Angeles to attend Art Center College of Design. He majored in Communication Design and graduated with a BFA.

Ray Harris has worked at filmmaking since 1978. The storytelling and visualizations have enriched his fine art paintings and compositions.

His paintings and drawings have forced directors “look at the picture” rather than just the script for development and guidance.
The “casual confidence” he brings to his paintings is a rare quality.
He continues to travel and paint on location in the plein air style.
Harris has also mastered the art of painting from his imagination. Years of drawing for animation has enabled him to compose and direct almost anything with little or no reference.

The important training of working from the model found its way to his more important works. The genre paintings and interiors are starting to make a mark in the larger art market.

His home and studio are in San Buenaventura, California.

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